By Daniel Feliciano

12th Mar, 2023 | 11:10am

Aston Villa future in great hands as Academy has day to remember

As Aston Villa prepare for their first-team fixture with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon (12 March), everyone associated with the club had a happy Saturday.

Villa have several young players out on loan, learning the men’s game across England’s football pyramid while also showing great ability in the youth leagues right now back at Bodymoor Heath.

And Saturday afternoon (11 March) seemed to be the perfect sign that things are going well for Aston Villa right now, with several good bits of news coming out of the club from all over the country.

Young midfielder Tim Iroegbunam is currently out on loan in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers, and helping them to battle against relegation down to League One.

So far this season he has made 27 appearances in the league with 23 starts, and the team managed to move away from the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win over Watford thanks to his second goal of the season.

Further up the table Aaron Ramsey and Cameron Archer are currently playing together at the Riverside Stadium under Michael Carrick for Middlesbrough.

They’re flying and are currently pushing for promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs, and despite falling behind in the game both men got on the scoresheet to help Boro turn the game on its head and claim a 3-1 win to move just four points behind the automatic promotion places.

But the biggest news of the day for Aston Villa youngsters was that the Under-18s side reached the Premier League Cup final thanks to a 3-2 win over Charlton, with goals from Rory Wilson, Kadan Young and Omari Kellyman.

It’s a huge sign towards the quality of the academy at the club right now that we’re having great success at every level, with young players involved throughout.

Even the first team has Jacob Ramsey as a key member of the side, and it simply shows that the club and staff are all pulling in the right direction to help this team progress.

Not everyone can make it at Villa Park and the players will know that. But there can be no doubt that the players are not being given a platform to make it in the professional game, and Villa will be waiting to make use of anyone that is good enough to make a difference at the highest level.

In other Aston Villa news, proof that the club made the right decision replacing Steven Gerrard with Unai Emery.