Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Aston Villa for securing teenage striker Louie Barry to a long-term contract that effectively runs until 2026.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the legendary former Villa striker was left in awe of the 17-year-old’s goalscoring debut against Liverpool on Friday night.
The teenager played the full 90 minutes at Villa Park and scored the Midlands giants’ equalising goal just before half-time before they eventually succumbed to a 4-1 defeat.
Three goals within five minutes just after the hour mark was enough for Liverpool to see off Villa’s young stars as they became visibly fatigued with many of them not playing for weeks prior to the game.
Barry, a boyhood Aston Villa fan, moved to the club from Barcelona’s academy in January 2020 before signing a three-year contract after his 17th birthday last June.
BirminghamLive report there is an agreement in place that protects the striker’s future at the club for the next six years.
Asked by Football Insider whether it was smart business by the club to get Barry tied down long-term, Agbonlahor said: “100 per cent.
“We saw he was up for it with the hard task he had of playing up front on his own.
“He played really well, he kept on fighting and to get that goal was outstanding.
“You can tell there’s a player in there and I think everybody is looking forward to seeing his development with what Aston Villa have planned for him in the future.”
Barry told BT Sport after the game his goal was “the best moment of his life”.
He added: “It was a good experience over there (Barca) but I’ve got to come to the club I’ve loved my whole life and my dad’s absolutely crazy for.”
In other news, Football Insider can reveal a Turkish club have opened talks to sign an Aston Villa 26-year-old.