Aston Villa may have saved £30m as 'record fee' signing announced - Kenny

Aston Villa could save £30million every time they sign an academy player – and their youth spending strategy is “very clever.”

That is according to ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Villa announced the signing of Kyrie Pierre, 15, from Bristol Rovers.

The midfielder’s official fee has not been disclosed but Rovers claim the figure is a “record fee received by the Academy.”

The south-west club’s previous record stood at £200,000 for Scott Sinclair in 2005, according to the Bristol Post.

The Athletic report that Villa have signed over 30 academy players across various age groups in the past 12 months.

And Kenny is sure that their youth recruitment spree will pay dividends down the line.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Some will come through, play first-team football and be worth a lot more money.

“It’s good thinking for them to strengthen their academy. If they can get a player out of there in the right position, it might save them £20million or £30m.

“If they only cost £100,000 or £200,000 then you can’t really go wrong. I think it’s very clever thinking from Aston Villa.

“A lot of clubs do it but for a newly-promoted team to try and do it this way is good planning from them.”

Two Villa youngsters, Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace, made their debuts as substitutes in Wednesday’s victory over Spurs.

On Monday, Villa’s under-18s face Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup final.

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