By Noel Whelan

18th Aug, 2021 | 8:30pm

Chukwuemeka hailed a future star as Aston Villa hijack Tottenham deal to complete signing - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed signing Caleb Chukwuemeka from Northampton Town is “good business” for Aston Villa.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 19-year-old striker could become an “integral” player for the Villans in the coming years.

Chukwuemeka completed his move to Villa on Monday (August 16th) after breaking through the youth ranks at Northampton.

This comes after Football Insider revealed on 9th August that Villa had hijacked Tottenham’s deal for Chuckwuemeka.

The Midlands giants, who have Caleb’s younger brother Carney on their books, are paying £300,000 rising to £1million including add-ons.

Whelan suggested the initial six-figure fee makes the promising forward a low-risk capture for Villa.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “£300,000 to take a chance on a player is not much of a chance, really.

“That’s a wage for a month for somebody at the club. We all know that Aston Villa have got a good youth system. Great academy facilities.

“It’s very, very high on their agenda when it comes to young players and bringing them through. They’ve let go of one of them in Jack Grealish.

“I’m sure there’s an abundance of young players coming through Aston Villa in the background.

“To take a chance on somebody who’s already been playing first-team football, that could be integral to them over the next couple of seasons with a bit more progression, that’s great business, in my opinion.”

Chukwuemeka made 28 first-team appearances and scored two goals at Northampton.

He was on the bench for two of Town’s three games so far this season before his move.

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