Back in January of 2017 Aston Villa made an investment for the future, by signing defender Jacob Bedeau from Bury. The former Leyton Orient defender had been in fine form for the Shakers, despite his tender age of just 17. The Birmingham Mail reported that Villa spent around £900,000 bringing him to the club with the hope he could go on and become a future star at Villa Park.
This summer promises to be tumultuous for Villa. The club are seemingly in financial disarray after failing to secure a return to the Premier League for the second season running. Now, it appears that the club will be selling off many of their highest-paid and most valuable assets. This includes the defensive positions. But whilst this turmoil is concerning, the young players at Villa must see it as a huge opportunity.
Bedeau is one such player.
The ball-playing defender played 22 times for the Aston Villa under-23s last season, despite still only being 18-years-old and the next natural progression is surely to the first-team for the player.
With John Terry and Chris Samba going, question marks over James Chester and Tommy Elphick’s futures and Axel Tuanzebe’s loan deal over the club are short at centre-back.
With finances tight the club will need to start looking at the best of Bodymoor Heath and Bedeau is arguably just that in the centre-back role.
Bedeau turns 19 in December but has already proven in his career to be mature way beyond his years. Next season could be his to shine.