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Versatile Aston Villa man closing in on January exit

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Aston Villa youngster Harry McKirdy could be set for a loan exit this month, according to a reliable football journalist.

Tom Barclay, who is the Football League reporter at The Sun, is reporting that Aston Villa are set to send Harry McKirdy to Crewe Alexandra on a half season loan deal.

McKirdy looks set to join Crewe in League Two on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old is yet to make his first team debut for Aston Villa but has experience in League Two from a loan stint at Stevenage last season.

McKirdy joined Stevenage on a half season loan deal in the first part of the 2016/17 campaign, playing a total of thirteen games for the League Two outfit.

During his spell at Stevenage, McKirdy netted two goals – one against Brighton’s under-23 side in the Checkatrade Trophy to rescue a late point and the other proving to be the winner away at Mansfield Town.

Primarily an attacking midfielder, the youngster is also capable of playing as a striker as well.

With his route to the first team at Villa Park looking blocked for the former Stoke schoolboy, a loan move to Crewe looks likely.

The Verdict

Harry McKirdy looks to be a short term replacement for George Cooper at Crewe. The Railwaymen lost their star player to Peterborough United yesterday and need McKirdy to hit the ground running and replace his creativity. As for his Villa future, this move could be make or break because he will return from this loan spell aged 21.

Aston Villa fans – Is this a good move for McKirdy? Let us know below…


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

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