Eric Black admits he's fearful of playing Aston Villa's youngsters

Aston Villa have won just three Premier League matches this season.

Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black has told the Daily Mail that he is fearful about playing the club’s youngsters.

Black has stuck by Villa’s senior players, even after the Midlands club’s relegation has been mathematically confirmed.

The Scot’s lack of faith in youth has frustrated supporters of the Claret and Blues hugely, but he insists that the environment is not right to play the side’s brightest prospects.

“I’m fearful of that,” Black said. “I don’t want this to be detrimental. This is a difficult atmosphere for young players to play in. Certainly the home games.”

The likes of Jack Grealish, Andre Green, Joe Lyden and Kevin Toner have been handed opportunities by Villa in recent weeks, but they have been infrequent.

Black, instead, has stuck by the tried and tested players - but the side’s performances are showing no signs of improving.

Black is yet to win a match since taking temporary charge from Remi Garde, leaving the Villains still sat on just 16 points with only three games remaining this season.

Villa are already making plans for next campaign now, with Nigel Pearson and David Moyes amongst the favourites to land the manager’s job, as the club seek an immediate promotion from the Championship.

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