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Not winning promotion could hand Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy the chance to shine

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Not winning promotion could hand Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy the chance to shine

The Villans will surely be forced into a different transfer market strategy should they fail to reach the Premier League and that could bode well for some of the club’s youngsters.

Aston Villa thrashed Derby County 4-0 on Saturday to go within six points of the Championship’s top-six.

Dean Smith’s side scored all of their goals in a stunning first-half; offering hope that all is not lost yet this season.

Should the Villans fail to go up it will see them embark on a third campaign in the second tier.

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That might not bode well for Smith when it comes to signing players in the summer.

Several players have arrived this season, some for large sums of money and others on high-value loan deals.

That might not happen next season and the club might be forced to dip into their academy ranks.

Smith has shown that he is not afraid to do such a thing, with Andre Green a regular in the matchday squad of late.

One man who might be blessed with a chance to shine is Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

 

The 20-year-old is out on loan with League Two outfit Cambridge United and he bagged his first goal on Saturday.

The U’s defeated Grimsby Town and the loanee was instrumental.

A product of Villa’s academy, Hepburn-Murphy has featured 13 times for the first-team previously.

Steve Bruce used him as a late substitute on five occasions earlier this season, but he fell down the pecking order under Smith.

With Financial Fair Play bearing down heavily on all Championship clubs, Smith’s hand could be forced next season.

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Given the right level of service, Hepburn-Murphy could prove to be a real star under Smith.

The big-money loan signings might become a thing of the past next season and that could bode well for the man craving a chance at Villa Park.

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