Eric Black hints he'll play Aston Villa youngsters

Aston Villa are currently 15 points adrift of safety in the Premier League table.

Aston Villa interim boss Eric Black has told Sky Sports that he may opt to give the club’s youngsters chances in the first-team before the end of the season.

Jordan Lyden, Jack Grealish and Adama Traore all featured for Villa yesterday, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth.

And Black has suggested that more youngsters could be given an opportunity between now and the end of the season.

"I think there is always an opportunity for youngsters. If the players are good enough then you'll put them in, certainly in these circumstances," Black said.

"You've got to take into consideration a lot of elements. Is it the right time? Can they handle it physicality? Can they handle a really good team like today?

"It's an option at times. One or two came on and did okay, others slightly better.”

Villa’s relegation has almost been confirmed, after what has been a desperately disappointing campaign.

The Claret and Blues are currently 15 points adrift of safety, with just five games remaining in their league season.

It means that the pressure has been reduced, with Villa now planning for life in the Championship next season.

It is likely that Villa will have to rely on their academy graduates much more heavily next term, when they are playing in the second tier, and Black appears keen to take the opportunity to test them out in the senior squad to hand them some much needed experience.

Villa's next match comes against Manchester United. 

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