Aston Villa loanee Jerell Sellars tweets delight at first senior start

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The 20-year-old forward was named Wycombe Wanderers' man of the match in Saturday's 2-1 loss to AFC Wimbledon.

Aston Villa loanee Jerell Sellars has taken to Twitter to express his delight at making his first senior start in Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-1 home defeat to League Two play-off rivals AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Sellars, who has yet to make his first appearance for Villa, joined Wycombe in late March on a loan deal for the rest of the season and went on to earn his professional debut as a 77th-minute substitute in the club's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town.

The 20-year-old striker subsequently played 22 minutes three days later in a 0-0 draw at Notts County, before his bright cameos earned him a spot in the starting XI for the ensuing visit of Wimbledon.

He could not prevent the Chairboys from slipping to their first defeat in six games as a Lyle Taylor double secured the visitors all three points, but the Villa product still gave an excellent account of himself over the course of the 90 minutes.

Playing on the left flank, the speedy forward gave the opposition defence plenty of problems with his pace and skill, and while he failed to get on the scoresheet on the afternoon, his performance still earned him the sponsors’ man of the match award.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth also had high praise for him after the game, telling the Bucks Free Press: “We had a little spark in Jerrell Sellars today and I thought he had a great league debut.

“He had some great touches and was a pain in the side of Wimbledon’s defenders.”

Sellars originally joined Villa from Conference side Lincoln City in 2012, and while he has flown somewhat under the radar compared to the likes of Jack Grealish and Callum Robinson, he appears to be developing into a top prospect in his own right.

Supporters got a good glimpse of his potential during pre-season when he came off the bench to score in a 2-0 win at Swindon Town, before another brief but bright cameo in the subsequent 1-1 draw with Walsall further underlined his promise.

The rookie striker, who can operate either through the middle or out wide, has since netted seven times in 17 games for Gordon Cowans’ Under-21 side, and with the senior side struggling for goals, fans had been calling for him to be handed a first-team call-up before his move to Adams Park.

Nevertheless, with Villa all but certain to be relegated at this point and facing a dramatic summer rebuild, there could well be a role for him in the Championship next term.

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