Aston Villa youngster shares nostalgic photo of first-team debut

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy made his senior debut for the club exactly one year ago on Monday.

Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy may have failed to make a single appearance for the club this season, but he has a special moment to look back on.

It was one year ago today that the teenager became the youngest player to appear for the club in the Premier League, and the second-youngest in the Villans' 142-year history.

The academy player, who was then 16 years and 176 days old, was brought on by previous Villa boss Tim Sherwood for the final seven minutes of a 4-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 14 March 2015.

Since then, the forward, who has played four times for England's Under-17s side, has failed to make a follow-up appearance for the senior side under either Sherwood or his replacement Remi Garde, although he has continued to impress for the club's development teams.

The teenager will always have the memories of his record-breaking debut, however, and on Monday he reminisced through Twitter about his big day.

With Villa in dire straits this season and sleepwalking towards the Championship, there have been increasingly vocal calls from fans in recent weeks for Garde to give some members of the club's youth contingent first-team chances.

Garde appeared to respond to some of those pleas by handing Hepburn-Murphy's academy teammate Andre Green his senior debut as a substitute in the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

It remains to be seen whether Hepburn-Murphy will be called upon again before the end of the season.

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