New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia hints at more academy graduates in first-team

Villa Nextgen

The Villa owner is set to invest funds in the first-team but wants youngsters to get a chance.

Aston Villa confirmed yesterday they had been the subject of a successful takeover from Chinese millionaire Tony Xia.

It ends the long bitter ownership of Randy Lerner and hopefully ushers in the dawn of a new positive era at Villa Park.

Of course, whenever there is a takeover, there is talk of big transfers.

It was reported by the Guardian earlier that Xia had stated a transfer kitty of £20 million would be on offer for whoever takes over as boss at Villa Park.

But he will not neglect the club’s impressive academy. Xia told the Guardian:

“For now, I am confident. I think we will add six to seven players in maybe six or seven positions and we are going to bring some young talented people from the academy to play in the first squad.

"I think a lot of them can play very well in the Championship.”

Aston Villa have produced some great young players in recent years and next season the likes of Gary Gardner, Kevin Toner, Jack Grealish and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will hope to feature more regularly – along with several other academy graduates who look good enough for this level.

This will certainly please Villa fans. Many feel the club’s youth system has been neglected at times in recent years. Barely any of the successful NextGen Series winning side made it at the club and hopefully Villa can now bring through some more young talent.

With the right blend of youthful exuberance, overall talent and experience Xia might be on to a winner with Aston Villa.

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