Tony Xia says Aston Villa youth overhaul now urgent

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Tony Xia reacts to heavy Aston Villa under-18 loss.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceNew owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has expressed his dissatisfaction with the club's academy in light of the under-18s' heavy loss against Arsenal over the weekend.

Villa's under-18s were defeated 4-0 by their Arsenal counterparts, and this was pointed out to the eccentric Xia by a supporter on Twitter.

The Chinese investor responded by saying that he has already planned an overhaul of the academy, but that it now seems more urgent.

Last season Villa's under-18 side did not do too badly, finishing fifth out of 12 teams in the Southern Division, and 12th of 24 teams overall, after playing in a North and South combined second phase.

Villa have also had a number of youngsters progress to the first team over the last year, with Jordan Lyden, Andre Green, and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy among those to make their debuts.

The club will hope the heavy loss at the weekend was more of one off against a talented Arsenal side, but the Gunners finished one place below them last year.

Xia's planned overhaul he hopes will hope really take the youth system to the next level, and benefit the first team even more, although however urgent it is, it won't be a change which happens overnight.

Aston Villa's Jordan Lyden in action with Bournemouth's Matt RitchieAston Villa's Jordan Lyden in action with Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

Aston Villa's Andre GreenAston Villa's Andre Green

Aston Villa's Rushian Hepburn Murphy in actionAston Villa's Rushian Hepburn Murphy in action

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