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Bruce could consider January exit for Aston Villa players after scouts watch game - report

By Abigail Withey 

Steve Bruce could allow some of the Aston Villa Under-23s squad to exit Villa Park on loan spells in January, according to a recent report.

The Birmingham Mail has revealed that around 12 English club scouts travelled to Villa Park on Monday evening to watch Aston Villa’s Under-23s in action against Brighton & Hove Albion

The newspaper claims that approximately a dozen lower league scouts sat in the stands during the development squad’s 1-0 victory over the south coast side thanks to an impressive goal from academy starlet Jordan Lyden.

It is thought that the scouts were at the game on behalf of clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and Northampton Town.

Lyden’s winning goal in the 83rd minute will have perhaps attracted attention from a number of clubs, particularly as he revealed during a recent interview with The World Game SBS that he is open to a move in the new year.

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His performance with the Under-23s could also mean a call up to the first-team after fellow academy stars Keinan Davis and Callum O’Hare have become members in Steve Bruce’s senior squad and are likely to feature in Tuesday night’s clash against Burton.

The development squad will be hoping to continue their impressive run in the Premier League 2 as so far this season Kevin MacDonald’s side have secured four wins from their opening six matches.

Football Insider verdict

This opportunity could be the perfect opportunity for Lyden to develop and grow into a more well rounded player. His goal on Monday night is a window into his talent and shows an insight into his potential, but it’s likely that Bruce will only call him up to the first-team after he has got more experience under his belt. A loan spell at a lower league club would ensure regular first-team football and be a real learning experience for the 21-year-old and could guarantee a bump up to the senior squad upon his return. A move to a club like Blackburn Rovers would most likely be preferred over Shrewsbury or Northampton, but any experience away will be valuable.

In other Aston Villa news, owner Tony Xia has hailed a Villa star after the club’s victory over Nottingham Forest.

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