'No debate': CEO makes huge claim about Aston Villa starlet

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Dean Smith's Premier League strugglers Aston Villa have a brilliant young talent in their midst - Carney Chukwuemeka.

A general view of Villa Park home stadium of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

It’s fair to say Carney Chukwuemeka is hardly a household name – but that could change before you know it.

Because Christian Purslow, Aston Villa’s CEO, is confident that the most talented player of his age anywhere in the country is currently honing his considerable talents in claret and blue.

A talented young midfielder, Chukwuemeka’s qualities have been kept under wraps so far but, inside Bodymoor Heath, there is real excitement about a little-known teen with the world at his feet.


He has recently been promoted to Mark Delaney’s U23 squad, meaning Chukwuemeka is now testing himself against players up to seven years older - and he has taken to the challenge with typical exuberance.

“We have one right now, probably the best 16-year-old in England; Carney. Absolutely no debate,” Purslow said in quotes reported by the Birmingham Mail.

“He’s starting for the U23s That’s what you want with your 16-year-olds. Not people who are not quite breaking into the first team, but staying around on contracts because it isn’t quite happening.”

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith (Right) and chief executive Christian Purslow (Left) speak during an interview for the club media after Winning Promotion to the Premier League at Villa Park...

With Aston Villa in the midst of a relegation battle, and having bowed out of the FA Cup already, Chukwuemeka is unlikely to be handed a first-team debut by Dean Smith any time soon.

But a coach who gave the likes of Chris Mepham, Rico Henry and Ollie Watkins their big breaks, while transforming Jack Grealish from problem child into arguably the Premier League’s most influential footballer, could be the ideal mentor for a player of Chukwuemeka’s precocious talents.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa applauds the fans during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Aston Villa at American Express Community Stadium on January 18, 2020 in...

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