Aston Villa defender tweets wistfully about his situation this time last year

Lewis Kinsella appears to be longing for the days of Tim Sherwood again.

Aston Villa defender Lewis Kinsella appears to be longing for the days of Tim Sherwood as manager again as he has tweeted about the "best month" of his life he enjoyed under the former boss a year ago.

The 21-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Birmingham side, but was called into the matchday squad to sit on the bench for the FA Cup quarter-final with local rivals West Bromwich Albion last March.

He was subsequently named as a substitute in the Premier League by Sherwood after that first call-up before being loaned out for regular football at Luton Town, and it looked as though he was sent to be the next bright young talent to emerge in the senior squad.

However, under Sherwood's replacement Remi Garde the defender has not seen the light of day at Villa Park, and has been demoted back to featuring purely for the club's development side.

Kinsella clearly treasures the experience of being involved, even in a small way, in the first-team picture at the side who brought him in from Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2011.

He tweeted a photo of himself on the substitutes' bench alongside another youngster who was a favourite under Sherwood but has been largely ignored under Garde, Jack Grealish, writing alongside it: "This time last year best month of my life".

Kinsella is one of a number of young talents for whom the Villa fanbase has increasingly been calling to see given a shot on the pitch in recent weeks as the club's fate becomes clearer with every passing match.

Garde has given substitute appearances to fellow academy prospects Jordan Lyden and Andre Green in recent weeks, but Kinsella remains unused by the Frenchman.

Even if he does not get a chance to make a name for himself in the remaining weeks of a dismal campaign for Villa, he could well be one of a growing young contingent who may find themselves getting more game time during the hectic schedule of the Championship next season.

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