Aston Villa should now blood youngsters, says Ian Taylor

The club's relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Saturday afternoon.

Aston Villa should blood their youngsters between now and the end of the season to prepare them for the Championship, Ian Taylor has told the Mirror.

The Villans' relegation to the second tier was confirmed on Saturday afternoon, as the 1-0 loss to Manchester United ended their long stay in the top flight.

It has been a disastrous campaign as former managers Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde have both failed to turn this team into a winning one.

Much of the criticism has been directed at the current crop of players, with most of the signings made in the last transfer window having proven to be poor ones.

Indeed, many are expected to leave this summer with calls to bring in the club’s talented youngsters next season, and Taylor says they should be brought in now to give them experience before the Championship.

“I’ve played in the Championship. It’s difficult. Everyone is going to want to beat us and play at Villa Park,” he told the Mirror.

“You have got to give some kids a chance in these last few games. You’ll never know how good they are unless they play.

“They need to play in front of big crowds. They won’t have experienced that. The biggest thing is playing in front of people.”

Now could certainly be an ideal time for Villa to bring in the youngsters given their relegation has been confirmed.

The pressure is firmly off for the rest of the campaign, with expectations at Villa Park currently at an all time low.

Fans love to see youngsters progressing to the first-team though, and blooding youth at this stage could be one way to start winning back their approval.

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