Mills: Aston Villa may have the 'next Foden' on their hands
Danny Mills has insisted Carney Chukwuemeka needs to “be realistic” and should stay at Aston Villa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender suggested Chukwuemeka could turn out like Phil Foden who has flourished after being “drip-fed” into the Man City first-team by Pep Guardiola.
The Guardian reported last week (26 November) the 18-year-old has decided he will not sign a new contract at Villa Park because he is frustrated by his lack of playing time.
His current deal expires at the end of next season after he signed a three-year deal when he turned 17 in October 2020.
He came off the bench for the final 23 minutes of Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss to Man City yesterday (1 December) in his fourth first-team appearance of the season.
As quoted by Birmingham Live’s Ashley Preece after the game, Steven Gerrard insisted Aston Villa was the best place for Chukwuemeka to flourish.
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“He needs to be realistic, he’s 18,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s a midfielder, they’ve signed [Emi] Buendia for £30million-plus, John McGinn is in there.
“Really, you think you’re better than these players when you’re 18? It’s bad advice.
“When you’re good enough you’ll get your chance, Gerrard will know that.
“Look at what Sir Alex Ferguson did with all the young players at Manchester United. Look at what Pep Guardiola has done with Phil Foden, how he drip-fed him into the team. Everyone wanted him to play more games but he did it the right way.
“Players get carried away too quickly thinking they have a right to be in the first-team in the Premier League.
“There are 220 players that start in the Premier League every week and 20 of those are goalkeepers. It’s not a lot.
“You’ve got to be special and very good to be in that. Someone needs to give him a dose of reality.”