Is Jack Clarke in line for an Aston Villa debut with Dean Smith reportedly impressed?

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United...

Jack Clarke was the Man of the Match as Aston Villa's U23s beat Fulham in the Premier League 2 clash on Monday night?

Jack Clarke of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the Premier League 2 match between Reading U23 and Aston Villa U23 at Adams Park on April 12, 2019 in High Wycombe, England.

First there was Jack Grealish, then Callum O’Hare. Now, there is another fleet-ffooted number ten rising through the ranks at Bodymoor Heath with Aston Villa’s prosperous youth academy unearthing another glittering gem.

These days, Grealish is Villa’s captain and star man, their on-pitch leader and creative fulcrum. O’Hare, meanwhile, is shining out on loan at Coventry City with the Solihull-born wonderkid possessing the same quick feet and vision that once made a fresh-faced Grealish stand out in the third tier with Notts County.


20-year-old Jack Clarke remains somewhat under the radar however but, if he continues to make the difference at U23 level, it will be only a matter of time before fans are clamouring for a first-team debut.

As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Clarke has been training with Dean Smith’s senior stars on occasions recently with a coach who has an enviable record of promoting youth obviously very impressed with a technically gifted playmaker.

Villa manager Dean Smith laughs and smiles during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park on October 19, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

And Smith would certainly have been impressed by Clarke’s Man of the Match performance as Aston Villa’s U23s beat Fulham 1-0 on Monday night. Indiana Vassilev scored the game’s only goal following a wonderful cross from Clarke while a glorious spin and swivel which left the Cottagers defence bamboozled would have left even Johann Cryuff himself feeling charmed.

Clarke is exactly the kind of confident, classy young footballer that Smith loves. Expect to see more of him in the months to come.

Connor Jennings and Jack Clarke challenged for the ball during the game between Tranmere Rovers and Aston Villa U21's at Prenton Park on October 08, 2019 in Birkenhead, England.

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