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19th Dec, 2016 | 2:42pm

Coveted by big hitters: Aston Villa 22-year-old is 2016 young player of the year

COMMENT by Amir Mir

Football Insider names the Aston Villa young player of the year.

Jordan Amavi missed the second half of Aston Villa’s relegation from the Premier League because of injury, but since his return to action in August he has been in top form.

The 22-year-old has only played up to five months of football for the Midlands club this year, but those games have earned him our young player of the year award as well as the interest of Europe’s big hitters.

French publication La Provence claim that Marseille and Everton are among the clubs who have made an approach to sign him in the January window.

The left-back does not have much competition for the title of Villa’s best young gun due to the bitterly poor performances from his teammates in the Premier League last term.

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But Amavi’s 16 Championship games this season have shown that he possess the qualities of a top-flight player.

His ability to nullify the attack of the best wingers in the league has been proven. The France under-21 international showcased this against Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert in November.

Additionally, the Frenchman’s best asset is perhaps his ability and drive going forward. Amavi has the pace and ability on the ball to run at any defence in the second-tier, with his biggest strength being his crossing.

Steve Bruce has started the youngster during his last nine games and he is continuing to grow as a player.

The former Nice player will no doubt play his football in the top-tier in the near future, but at this moment in time Villa should enjoy the success he brings to the club.

In other Aston Villa news, despite playing only 17 games for the club, this 27-year-old is the player of the year.