Under-21s striker Jerell Sellars has joined Wycombe Wanderers until the end of the season.
With Aston Villa's relegation to the Championship looming closer with every passing game, there have been increased calls from fans in recent weeks for young players at the club to be given first-team chances ahead of a Championship season next campaign.
Remi Garde has responded by handing senior debuts to midfielder Jordan Lyden and forward Andre Green since the turn of the year, with both youngsters coming off the bench in the second half of Premier League matches.
However, one youth player in particular has been ignored by the Frenchman despite his fine form for the club's development side, with striker Jerell Sellars not yet being called into action to make his debut after a promising pre-season last summer.
Any Villa fans hoping to see the 20-year-old in action in the final weeks of the campaign will be disappointed, with the club announcing on Wednesday that they had allowed Sellars to join League Two side Wycombe until the end of the season.
Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) March 23, 2016
Sellars himself also tweeted to confirm the move and sounded enthusiastic at the prospect of playing senior football for the first time in his fledgling career.
Villa have struggle desperately for goals this season, and the move to farm the youngster out rather than blood him as has been done with Lyden and Green was met with disappointment from some claret and blue fans on Twitter.
@AVFCOfficial Scores buckets for the U21's, perplexed why he can't even get a chance, given how poor in front of goal we are. Laughable!— Au Revoir Remi Garde (@Garde_Out) March 23, 2016
Others merely wished the youngster good luck, no doubt hoping that two months of first-team action for Wanderers would leave Sellars better equipped to play some kind of role for the club in the Championship next season.