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February 14, 2020 3:43 am
Mark Delaney believes that Aston Villa’s youngsters are benefitting from a change in approach, as the club’s academy starlets continue to cut their teeth on temporary deals away from Bodymoor Heath.
Since the arrival of Mark Harrison, several young players have gained their first experience of senior football.
18-year-old Jacob Ramsey marked his first professional start by scoring twice for Doncaster Rovers earlier this week, while plenty of others are on loan in non-league.
Delaney explained the importance of such moves when he sat down for an interview with VillaTV.
He said: “We have about eight players on loan at the moment.
“We haven’t done that in the past, but since Mark has come in as the Academy Manager, he’s been very keen to do that and give them a different experience.
“If you stay in this building too long, it gets a bit stale and comfortable, so we’re pushing the extremes.”
Delaney is sure that the dressing room mentality within senior football will benefit the young players during the early stages of their careers.
“Players need to win, they want win bonuses to pay their mortgage, they want players to come in and be one of them and work, work and work.
“Work-ethic is important to them as it is to us here, so we want them to have those experiences, where winning means absolutely everything.”
To watch the full VillaTV interview, click here.