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Christian Purslow’s promise is bearing brilliant fruit for Aston Villa

It was a line-up that consisted of Carney Chukwuemeka, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Jaden Philogene-Bidace and Aaron Ramsey, who were all players who have seen minutes for the first team so far this season, whether it is in the league, cup or friendlies.

In just three minutes Ramsey opened the scoring for Aston Villa under-23s against Stoke City, and demonstrated why fans are so excited by the prospect of him joining his brother in the first team set-up. He scored in pre-season and looks a real threat going forward. He has made the bench several times, including against Brentford and Chelsea, but has only played 27 minutes so far this season for the first team, against Barrow.

Philogene-Bidace bagged the second after Stoke City had looked to have settled defensively. Carney Chukwuemeka assisted him and showcased the chemistry between the two which could be so vital for the senior team as the two players develop with each other throughout the years.

The Chukwuemeka brothers then proceeded to dominate the game before the half-time whistle.

Caleb scored the third and then Carney made it 4-0 just before half-time.

Carney is already heavily involved in the first team but with five goals and two assists in three games, Caleb could soon join him in rotational minutes in the Premier League.

The brothers began the second half in the exact same manner, with Carney scoring in the 51 st minute and just four minutes later his brother scored to make it 6-0 before the hour mark. They weren’t done there either, with Caleb then assisting Philogene-Bidace just minutes later to make it 7-0.

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To finish the impressive display, Philogene-Bidace completed his hat-trick to make it a dominant scoreline of 8-0.

Dean Smith outlined that he wanted him to work on his end product and it seems like he is developing into a lethal finisher, who has also shown this for the first team.

The impressive display outlines exactly what Christian Purslow wants from the youth set-up at Villa.

Speaking at the Villa Supporters Trust’s AGM he stated: “Frankly, I’m going to be brutal, 22-year-olds playing in an under-23 team means your system isn’t working. It means your system has failed because 22-year-old footballers at Aston Villa need to be in the first team.”

Carney (17), Caleb (19), Ramsey (18) and Philogene-Bidace (19) are all clear examples of the incredible vision the Villa hierarchy had for the academy. They are now reaping the benefits as these players make the step into the first team and begin to contribute at the highest level, effectively saving the club millions.

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