After arriving as new owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens not only helped keep the lights on at Aston Villa as we unexpectedly won a promotion to the Premier League, but we also saw very rapid movement in regarding reconstruction, then further. improve the configuration of our Academy.
The likes of Mark Harrison and others, and upon the arrival of Johan lange it appeared that our Academy would be more aligned with recruiting going forward and that we finally had a suitable plan in place to “grow our own” stars of the future.
With a lot of youth looking for real experience at different levels in recent windows, we have further strengthened the development curve with the recent appointments of Adam Henshall and Mile Jedinak as Head of Emerging Talents & Loans and Loan Player Development Coach.
Aside from building for now, we clearly have an eye on a few years and having often commented on where Villa has sat in regards to financial fair play in recent years, our recent behind-the-scenes changes have passed. well with Kieran Maguire.
Writing in his column for Football insider, Maguire explained how he believes we could potentially save “huge sums” in the near future as a result of our investments in screening and the Academy.
“For an ambitious club like Villa, this is absolutely essential. Because every time you have a player moving up the ranks, it saves you money. You save entirely the costs if it is a person recruited at the youth level. You want to make sure that you are buying players in the right stadium. “
“Villa and, say, Everton have owners who are very similar in nature. They need someone who is good at recruiting because, yes, they will want to recruit good footballers but they are not in a position to spend £ 500million on players between £ 50million and £ 60million in only one season. As a result, every player who steps through the ranks potentially saves you huge amounts of money. “
This has of course been known to fans for a long time, and our Academy has long produced talents that successive managers failed to make the most of, and then the club failed to get the best price for them when we have transferred them, so even if they won’t. be overnight and we won’t achieve a 100% success rate, with a proper plan in place we should see the youngsters continue to be loaned out for a real experience and then better presented to the first team to see what that they can actually offer us.
Did Villa finally get the right academy plan?
We can still improve