Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Aston Villa youngster Brad Young after his audacious spin in his own penalty box against Liverpool.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer revealed the current crop of Villa youngsters are different from his generation and are much more expressive.
Young, a second-half substitute in the 4-1 defeat to the Premier League champions, picked up the ball in his own area before performing a perfect Maradona turn to go past Xhederan Shaqiri.
Do you think last week Brad Young thought he'd be doing a roulette past Shaqiri in the #EmiratesFACup?
In his own box, too 👀 pic.twitter.com/gmtp9BPvLa
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 8, 2021
The 18-year-old was introduced just after the hour mark at Villa Park with the hosts trailing 2-1.
The Premier League Champions subsequently added two more goals within four minutes to put the tie out of Villa’s hands.
Agbonlahor was left very impressed by the attitude of Villa’s young heroes and in particular the audacity of Young’s trick.
He told Football Insider: “It was great that he had that confidence.
“When I was a youngster I would have never done that, I would’ve been scared, I’d just do the basics!
“I think it just shows that the young players coming through now are different, they’ve got that bravery and he showed that.
“It was exciting to see they weren’t fazed by the star-studded Liverpool team, they went out there and tried things.
“That’s what you want from footballers, go out there and try things.
“I was just happy a lot of them got game time and an experience they’ll never forget.”
Young’s cameo also drew the praise of Villa captain and talisman Jack Grealish who wrote on his Instagram story, as reported by HITC, that the striker was “brilliant” when he came on.
The Englishman has played just three times for Villa’s Under-23s but has an impressive goal record of 12 in 29 games for the Under-18s.