A number of Aston Villa fans have been praising Louie Barry’s impressive competitive debut for the club’s Under-23s on Tuesday night.
Barry was part of the West Brom academy before making the switch to Barcelona’s famed La Masia setup in July last year.
However, the 16-year-old forward – who comes from a family of Villa supporters – was on the move again in January, joining Villa for a reported £880,000 fee, according to BBC Sport.
Barry has impressed for Villa’s youth side in recent weeks and was given a chance at Under-23 level in the Premier League Cup meeting with Portsmouth’s U23s.
Coming off the bench as a replacement for Dimitri Sea at the start of the second half, Barry set up two goals in the 3-0 victory and was a regular source of ammunition for his teammates.
Needless to say, plenty of Villa Park faithful reckon the club has got their hands on a real gem, and made their feelings known on social media:
— Carl Palmer (@Carl_Palmer) February 25, 2020
Would look see him on the bench for rest the season.
— David o mahony (@Davidomahony18) February 25, 2020
Get him in the squad.
— Chep 🇹🇿 (@ApachePepper) February 25, 2020
His he eligible for Sunday
— Steve (@VillanK7R) February 25, 2020
Two assists in one half. Rather him on the bench than El ghazi and baston
— Kaza (@pkaza84) February 25, 2020
The guy is a machine 😁👍
— Brian O’Flaherty (@Flatsy1) February 25, 2020
I can see him being on the bench Sunday. Wildcard
— Warren D (@wozwebs) February 25, 2020
Put him on the bench Sunday. We have nothing to lose.
— Smiffy (@SmithyAVPaul) February 26, 2020
Villa are currently battling Premier League relegation but this weekend they will get a reprieve to contest the League Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City.