Pundit Trevor Sinclair has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he was disappointed to see Jordan Lyden given his full Aston Villa debut against Bournemouth.
Villa's pathetic season is finally coming to an end, and Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Bournemouth was their latest entry in their calamitous campaign as they prepare for relegation to the Championship.
Steve Cook and Josh King put Bournemouth 2-0 up, before Jordan Ayew snatched a consolation for Villa, with fans protesting against owner Randy Lerner, walking out of the ground and voicing their frustrations.
The game also saw Villa hand a full debut to youngster Jordan Lyden, an Australian prospect who has been with the club since 2012, and has been tipped to have a bright future at Villa Park.
The 20-year-old started in midfield against Bournemouth, with interim boss Eric Black giving him a chance to impress, before substituting him at half time.
Lyden will still be looking to make an impact in the coming years, but it's fair to say that his first start for the Villa first team did not go according to plan.
Now, pundit Trevor Sinclair has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 that Black shouldn't have played Lyden in such a toxic atmosphere, as his full debut will now be a 'forgettable occasion' for the player, suggesting that he feels sorry for Lyden for having to play in such a torrid situation.
"You're playing a 20-year-old, giving him his debut...Eric Black has come in as caretaker manager, and given him his debut in a game like that," said Sinclair. "I wouldn't fancy my debut in a game like that. There was hardly anyone at Villa Park, the fans were walking out as they conceded goals. What a forgettable occasion that is for the young man," he added.
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