By Gabriel Agbonlahor

24th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Multiple Aston Villa youngsters tipped for first-XI breakthrough as Gerrard picture emerges - Agbonlahor

Steven Gerrard will not be afraid to throw young players into the Aston Villa first team if they are good enough, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer delivered his verdict after Gerrard attended an Aston Villa Under-23s game.

The new manager was spotted at Bodymoor Heath watching Villa’s youngsters beat Burnley 4-1.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace scored a brace while Caleb Chukwuemeka and Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge also got on the scoresheet.

Chukwuemeka’s younger brother Carney, 18, was on the bench for Gerrard’s first game in charge against Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend.

“Gerrard will be watching the Under-18s and the Under-23s games,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“He’ll want to see what young players Villa have who can push into the first team.

“If any of those players in the Under-23s are good enough then he’ll put them in the first-team.

“Maybe Crystal Palace away is not the game to put them into. It’s a very, very hostile ground, it’s a hostile atmosphere and a tough atmosphere.

“If these players are showing they are good enough, Steven Gerrard will bring them through. Their age doesn’t matter.

“If the players aren’t performing or doing enough in luxury positions, Gerrard has got enough options so they can challenge.”

Carney Chukwuemeka is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the English game and has already featured in five senior Villa games.

Philogene-Bidace has four senior games under his belt and has already registered two assists.

In other news, Gerrard has told Aston Villa to let a £17m star go in January.