Two Aston Villa Player Loan Moves Spells Out Current Academy Reality

Aston Villa Academy Player Loan Moves

As we all sit around waiting for Aston Villa’s first league action since the Covid-19 outbreak at the club, the recent FA Cup 3rd match against Liverpool that featured Villa’s youth academy, has proven to be a shop window for Villa’s young lions.

After two of the academy were granted pro contracts, two of the youngsters have also found loan clubs in the last couple of days.

First off, Dominic Revan, the captain against Liverpool, has moved to Weymouth to the end of the season.

The 20-year-old boyhood Villa fan joined the club aged eight and despite making first team squads in the past, hadn’t made an appearance until the FA Cup game.

The centre-back will be keen to impress in the Vanarama National League with Weymouth, with the clock ticking in terms of his development.

The road ahead of him at Villa is currently block by four relatively young centre-backs, with an average age of 25 (Hause 25, Konsa 23, Engels 26 and Mings 27), so it’ll certainly be difficult for Revan to breakthrough at Villa any time soon.

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Meanwhile, the man that provided the sublime through ball for Louie Barry’s goal against Liverpool, Callum Rowe, will be joining Hereford on loan in the Vanarama National League North.

Like Bevan, time is not on Rowe’s side in terms of academy football, with the left-back now 21. His loan period til the end of the season will be pivotal to Rowe in making an impression as to where he perhaps ends up next season.

With left-back a position in Villa’s first team squad that could do with more depth in, Rowe perhaps has an easier task than Bevan in terms of breaking through. Yet, at 21, he really should be already knocking on the door.

Academy Evolution

As Villa CEO Christian Purslow has stressed publicly, the aim for the Villa Youth Academy after recent investment, is very much to up the levels and have the U-23 team full of talented teenagers that should be first team prospects by the time they’re around 20/21-years-old.

After earning deserved plaudits for their performance against Liverpool, the level of loan teams picking up the players since, suggests the reality of Villa’s youth academy is it’s still in the early stages of its overhaul.


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