Aston Villa Football Club: 4 Young Villans Primed for Breakthrough Seasons

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Aston Villa Football Club: 4 Young Villans Primed for Breakthrough Seasons
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Gary Gardner in action for the England Under-21s

With Aston Villa under new management and the playing staff in a state of flux, there is a real opportunity for a number of young Villans to stake a claim for a regular place in the first-team squad.

As things stand on the eve of Villa's Premier League opener against West Ham United, the squad is decidedly thin. With Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock reportedly informed by manager Paul Lambert that they will not play for the club again, the number of recognised first-teamers dwindles further.

Take away the injured trio of Marc Albrighton, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne, and it becomes imperative that Villa's fringe players and academy products are prepared for their first-team opportunity.

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