Brad Young is up and running at Carlisle United with two goals against Everton in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night.
Young is on a season-long loan with Chris Beech’s Carlisle and is yet to start a game in League Two.
But the Aston Villa prospect made his mark against Everton’s youth team a goal either side of half-time to show Beech what he is all about and stake a claim for a regular starting spot.
Young has so far had to be content with minutes off the substitute’s bench for Carlisle, who are 17th in the third tier, this season.
The 18 year-old kept his head to score his first goal for Carlisle one minute before half-time, showing a striker’s instinct to poke home from Joe Riley’s cross.
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Young had earlier miskicked at a chance from close range, passing up a good opportunity to open the scoring at Brunton Park
The boyhood Villa fan doubled his tally for the season when he reacted quickest to a flick-on at Everton’s near post to head home over visiting goalkeeper Jack Joseph Barrett.
Young will be hoping he has made his case for a chance at a starting role for Carlisle’s next game, a League Two clash with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Young is one of Villa’s crop of talented youngsters to have emerged from the Bodymoor Heath academy, part of the squad that won the FA Youth Cup in May beating Liverpool 2-1.
He scored Villa’s second goal of the game at Villa Park.
“Brad Young’s on fire, your defence is terrified,” one Villa fan wrote on social media of the striker’s performance against Everton.
“So much young talent at Villa, I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about the future,” another added.
A third fan said: “First of many!”
“Top lad,” another added while a fifth supporter said: “Awesome stuff. Congratulations Brad.”