'Magnificent' Connor Ogilvie should be latest Spurs starlet on Aston Villa's radar

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

Aston Villa brought Josh Onomah to the Championship from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and should consider Connor Ogilvie too.

Connor Ogilvie of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 6, 2017 in...

Connor Ogilvie is not wasting his chance to make a positive impression out on loan away from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 21-year-old moved to League One Gillingham in the summer and, after making his 17th appearance of the season in an impressive 3-1 away win at Rotherham United, the club’s caretaker manager Steve Lovell was effusive in his praise.

"I told him in training on Friday that I think he is a better centre-half than left-back,” Lovell told Kent Online of Ogilvie, a full-back who starred in the heart of The Gills' injury-hit defence at Rotherham.

Connor Ogilvie of Gillingham in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Northampton Town at Priestfield Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Gillingham, .

“I said he would get his opportunity and it happened. He came on and was magnificent. He won all his headers, he defended well and the boys gave him a round of applause and that lifts people.

“Connor isn’t the loudest but he goes about his business in a professional way and I was really pleased for him to come on and play the way he did."


It’s this sort of versatility that could make Ogilvie a valuable commodity in the senior game. And, after signing fellow Spurs youngster Josh Onomah on a similar loan deal in the summer, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce should keep an eye on another highly-rated talent emerging from North London.

Josh Onomah of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews (stadium) on October 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Neil Taylor is the only senior left-back option available to Villa at the moment, a problem exacerbated by Neil Taylor’s recent suspension. Right-sided Alan Hutton was forced to play out of position on the opposite side.

And with veterans John Terry and Chris Samba only signing one-year deals at Villa Park in the summer, Bruce would surely welcome a little extra youth in the centre of his defence moving forward.

Ogilvie’s adaptability, then, should convince Bruce to keep an eye on his development at Gillingham. If the former England Under-17 international proves he belongs at a higher level than League One, following in the footsteps of Onomah wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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