Aston Villa may have experienced their worst season in decades, but it seems as though there may be reason to believe that the future could yet be bright thanks to a promising crop of young talent.
With Jack Grealish having made the grade last term, this season senior debuts have been handed to academy prospects Andre Green, Jordan Lyden, and Kevin Toner in recent weeks.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, who became the club's youngest ever Premier League player when he was given his debut by Tim Sherwood 13 months ago, was also given a second run-out for the first team as a late substitute in the goalless draw with Newcastle on Saturday.
Green and Hepburn-Murphy are two of the most hotly-tipped youngsters in the club's academy, and they received a boost on Monday when they were named in the 18-man England Under-18s squad to face South Korea in a double-header in early June.
The pair were clearly delighted with their call-ups, and they shared their excitement on their personal Twitter accounts.
Happy to get called up to the England squad trip to South Korea end of the month— André Green (@AndreGreen_30) May 9, 2016
Buzzing with the England call up for the two games in South Korea at the end of the month ⚡️— Rushian H-Murphy (@Rushcmpt) May 9, 2016
The pair's Villa academy teammate Easah Suliman has also been included in the squad alongside such young stars as Tottenham Hotspur striker Marcus Edwards and Everton midfielder Tom Davies.
Several of Villa's young contingent will be hoping to get one final taste of match action when the club travel to Arsenal for the final game of their unbroken Premier League era.
They could find themselves in and around the first-team squad on a more regular basis next season in the Championship with Villa potentially turning to youth after offloading numerous senior players in the summer as they look to cut costs.