Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has been linked with a move to League Two strugglers Cambridge United by Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
The 20-year old made seven appearances at the beginning of the season for Villa, six of those coming from the bench, but he’s fallen down the ranks since the arrival of Dean Smith.
They’re now looking to get him so regular first team football, but the destination will raise a few eyebrows. Cambridge are currently 21st in League Two, or 89th in English football.
Nottingham Forest took the decision to loan Tyler Walker to Mansfield Town in that league and he’s done well, scoring plenty of goals as they’ve launched an automatic promotion bid. Villa will be hoping to see their precious talent do the same, should a move come off.
Would it be a good switch all round? Or is the risk of failure too great? Our FLW experts discuss.
“This is a surprise move, but I fully expect Hepburn-Murphy to succeed at the Abbey Stadium,.
“This is a great move if you’re of a Cambridge persuasion.
“Returning from injury, he will need game time and a stint in League Two will do him the world of good.”
“I think he can do better.
“Hepburn-Murphy is a very highly-rated attacker, so it would be a real coup for Cambridge, but I would expect Villa to want him at a League One club at the very least.
“I wonder how much he will actually improve playing at League Two level.”
“It’d be great for the young striker.
“He’s a talent and highly-rated at Villa, but now is the time for him to show his club what he’s all about.
“A loan move to League Two could be the perfect platform for him.”
“He should definitely consider their interest.
“The youngster needs regular game time in senior football, and he should be considering any suitors interested in a deal for him.
“Hepburn-Murphy is proven at youth level, but it’s about time he made the step into regular first-team football.”