Aston Villa’s youngsters on loan in the Football League have got off to a mixed start overall with Kaine Kesler the most impressive at Swindon Town.
There is a lot of talent on a temporary spell away from Villa Park at the moment with some players hitting the ground running more than others but gaining valuable experience in senior football nonetheless.
Tyreik Wright – Salford City
20-year-old wideman Wright has been an effective impact substitute for Gary Bowyer’s men this season but will be hoping for more involvement from the off as the season progresses. Wright has found the net once in seven appearances opening his account for the club in a 3-0 home win over Newport County in late August.
Promotion is the aim for the Ammies this season and they sit three points off the play-off places when preparing for a trip to 21st placed Walsall on Saturday.
Finn Azaz – Newport County
Azaz has featured in seven of ten League Two outings since arriving at Rodney Parade playing in an advanced midfield role both centrally and off the left flank. The 21-year-old will be hoping to impress Michael Flynn’s replacement at the helm in the coming weeks and earn a regular starting place after opening his account for goals and assists in the last two games.
Louie Barry – Ipswich Town
Former Barcelona youngster Barry has struggled for first team minutes at Portman Road this season which is not a surprise with the Tractor Boys making 19 summer signings.
The 18-year-old may have been better off applying his trade in Premier League 2 this term when thinking about minutes on the pitch but the fierce competition for places under Paul Cook could provide Barry with valuable experience of what it takes to break into a League One team with promotion aspirations.
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Barry has been involved in just two third tier matches so far.
Kaine Kesler – Swindon Town
Saving the best until last, Kesler has been a crucial part of Swindon Town’s excellent start to the season predominantly as a right wing back. The 20-year-old is on international duty with England U20 at the moment but should return straight back into the starting XI with the Robins looking to make a surprise promotion push following a summer of uncertainty off the pitch.
Kesler has been the most impressive of these four loanees and has featured in eight of the Robins’ ten league outings.