Aston Villa team news: Xia's plans on developing club's academy

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15th Aug, 2016 | 9:11pm

Tony Xia reveals urgent plans for new Aston Villa development

By Amir Mir

Tony Xia has revealed Aston Villa’s plans to develop the club’s academy system with new data technology, tools and methods.

Xia revealed hi plans on Twitter in the wake the Under-18s’ 4-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

The Midlands outfit’s academy has produced Premier League and Champions League winning players in winger Marc Albrighton and centre-back Gary Cahill.

But the production line has slowed in recent years and Xia revealed how he now has “urgent” plans to develop the academy system even further following his £75million takeover of the club.

“We are working [on] plans to adopt new data technology, tools and methods to develop a new academy system,” Xia wrote on his personal Twitter account.

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Xia is known for his constant communication with supporters on his personal Twitter account, where he updates his followers on the latest on goings at Villa Park.

Roberto Di Matteo has already given academy players Jack Grealish, Nathan Baker and Andre Green an opportunity this season.

Grealish scored his sides third goal on Saturday as his side went on to beat Rotherham 3-0, with the versatile midfielder picking up the man-of-the-match award.

In other Aston Villa team news, owner Tony Xia has sent a Twitter message to supporters following the club’s first win of the season.