Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is poised to make a surprise move to League Two side Cambridge, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The tricky 20-year old has been capped up to England Under 20 level and although a loan move was expected, League Two is a significant drop for him. The U’s are not even battling at the top of the table, they’re 21st and battling against relegation.
Hepburn-Murphy has made seven appearances for Villa this season, all coming under previous manager Steve Bruce, but since the start of September he’s been out of the side.
He started both League Cup games against Yeovil and Burton, but was a sub in all of the other matches. He’s come off the bench 13 times in the league for Villa, making his debut in the Premier League in March 2015 against Sunderland.
Cambridge have struggled to find a rhythm in League Two this season, dismissing head coach Joe Dunne after falling dangerously close to the bottom of the table.
New manager Colin Calderwood has instilled some steel in the squad, although they were beaten 6-0 on New Year’s Day by promotion hunting MK Dons.
There’s an interesting element to dropping a player like Hepburn-Murphy into League Two; confidence. Tyler walker shouldn’t be at Mansfield, but he is and he’s thriving. When he goes back to Forest, he’ll be full of it with a 20-goal season behind him.
The football is regular too. It’s a great move for Villa and for Cambridge. There’s always the chance he flops though and if he does, there’s no hiding place.