Agbonlahor tips two more Aston Villa teens for first XI promotion after what he's seen
Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Louie Barry and Kaine Kesler to make an impact in the Aston Villa first-team.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer delivered his verdict after the pair played a key role in Villa’s FA Youth Cup triumph.
Villa lifted the trophy on Monday night after beating Liverpool Under-18s 2-1 at Villa Park in the final.
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Both Barry and Kesler started all six games as the Midlands club won the competition for the first time in 19 years.
Kesler, 18, captained the side in the final as regular skipper Aaron Ramsey was only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Barry, 17, scored five goals in the competition, including a hat-trick against Burton Albion in the Round of 16.
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Both players played the full 90 minutes when Aston Villa were forced to field a team of youngsters against Liverpool’s senior side in the FA Cup third round in January.
Asked which players from the FA Youth Cup side have the best chance of making it to Dean Smith’s side, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think Louie Barry is one and the right-back, Kesler, he looked very good as well.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of them that go away with Aston Villa on the pre-season tour.
“I’m sure they’ll get that chance.”
Smith has not been afraid of using young players and recently handed teenagers Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace their senior debuts.
Aaron Ramsey’s older brother Jacob has also been a regular member of his side this season and made 22 Premier League appearances.