Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden looking to become Australia's next star

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The 20-year-old midfielder made his first-team debut for the club in January's FA Cup clash at Wycombe Wanderers.

Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Lyden has told the club’s official website how he has his sights firmly set on becoming the Premier League’s next Australian standout.

Lyden, who was born in Australia to English parents, originally joined Villa from Perth-based youth club ECU Joondalup in 2012 after training with the claret and blues on an intermittent basis from the age of nine and has since developed into one of the team’s top prospects.

The 20-year-old utility man was involved with the senior side for the first time in early December as an unused substitute for the 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal and has gone on to make three appearances for Remi Garde’s side over the past few months, including a 24-minute cameo off the bench in last month’s 6-0 loss to Liverpool.

In the process, the former Under-20 international became the fourth Australian to appear for Villa in the Premier League after Mark Bosnich, Brett Holman and fellow Joondalup product Chris Herd, and he is now hoping to emerge as the latest man from Down Under to make his mark on the English top-flight.

He will likely be playing at least one season in the Championship before that becomes a reality given the club’s current predicament, but with the squad expected to be revamped over the summer, the Perth-born rookie figures to be one of their building blocks for the future.

“There has been a link with Villa and the Aussie lads in the past which has been good," Lyden told avfc.co.uk. "They seem to like our never-say-die attitude and our commitment to training.

"I like to think I train the way I play and I'm always committed, which is what everyone seems to like. There are not many Australians in the Premier League at the moment.

"Obviously you've got Mile Jedinak at Crystal Palace and Brad Smith is doing well at Liverpool too. Hopefully I can make that next step and be the next one to shine."

Lyden’s breakout season comes after the missed virtually the entire 2014-15 season with a reoccurring hamstring problem which left him fearing for his Villa career at one stage.

However, the versatile youngster was back to full fitness by the start of this term and has promptly pushed himself into Garde’s plans with some impressive performances for the Under-21s, recording 16 appearances and three goals as captain.

“I only played 10 minutes of football last year which was really disappointing," Lyden added to avfc.co.uk. "It was a tough year for me. I needed a lot of support from my family.

"I saw a lot of young players getting pushed ahead of me and I thought maybe I wouldn't make that next step. But everyone around here trusted me to get back to where I was before the injury and now I'm pushing on, which is good."

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