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Jacob Bedeau could take advantage of Aston Villa turmoil

Aston Villa could face a defensive shortage next season.

Mathew Nash

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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.

(during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

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.

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Is Corey Blackett-Taylor’s in last chance saloon at Aston Villa?

The 20-year-old will be hoping to play for Aston Villa this season.

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Aston Villa are facing a difficult summer and, it seems, a difficult season. The club is in turmoil off the pitch. Since Aston Villa failed to win promotion to the Premier League it has emerged that the club is struggling financially. It appears they cannot currently sign players and are in fact trying to offload some of their current talent in order to get by.

With that in mind, Aston Villa may need to bring through some of their young players next season.

So is this season set to be a breakout campaign for attacker Corey Blackett-Taylor?

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The 20-year-old has impressed for the Aston Villa youth teams in recent times and he has all the natural attributes to make it into the first-team set-up. Capable of playing on the right or left wing the England youth international signed a new deal with the club in April, suggesting he does have a future at Villa Park.

He played 15 times for the Aston Villa under-23s last season and was one of their best players. With four goals and two assists, he looked like a player ready to take the step up.

It has to be now, or it will surely be never. His extension is until next summer and the wideman turns 21-years-old in September.

If Blackett-s not playing regular football at Aston Villa next season, then his long-term future would seem to be elsewhere.

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Burnley should pursue Aston Villa sensation Jack Grealish

Sean Dyche has signed quality from the Championship in the past.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is one of the very best English managers currently plying their trade in the Premier League and it remains to be seen whether he will get a shot at one of the country’s biggest jobs.

Dyche has done an incredible job in establishing the Clarets as a Premier League outfit and their stunning campaign during 2017/18 saw the club rewarded with a place in the coming season’s Europa League.

The 47-year-old isn’t particularly interested in shopping for stellar recruits and with one of the top flight’s smallest budgets he has previously recruited especially well from the Championship.

Chris Wood, Jeff Hendrick, Charlie Taylor and Robbie Brady have all arrived at Turf Moor from second tier clubs in recent years and it is clear that Dyche is open to signing the league’s very best talent.

With Burnley about to embark on a European adventure the lure of joining the Lancashire-based club has now increased and Dyche might once again look towards the Championship to tempt Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa.

It seems unlikely that the 22-year-old will remain at Villa Park as the beaten Championship play-off finalists battle severe financial difficulties this summer, with several of their first-team set to be the subject of interest from elsewhere.

Grealish is one of the country’s hottest properties and although bigger clubs might be interested in acquiring his signature the chance to play regular first-team football in the Premier League, and in European competition, might act as a massive incentive for the player.

With the right manager overseeing his development Grealish could become of the of the best talents in the Premier League in future years and Dyche might be just the tonic for a player who has previously lost his way somewhat.

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Missing out on Jonathan Ikone highlights Aston Villa demise

The winger has instead joined Lille, with Aston Villa not able to afford a deal.

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Jonathan Ikone has joined Lille, deciding he was never going to get the chances he felt he deserved at Paris Saint-Germain and has therefore headed to their Ligue 1 rivals. The deal is said to be worth €5 million (£4.4 million) and is a brilliant piece of business from the French side.

For Aston Villa, this will be a case of one that got away. As reported by Paris United the winger was on the radar for Aston Villa this summer.

Unfortunately, the club could only offer a loan deal and Ikone was ready for a permanent exit from the French capital.

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It is a striking fall financially from Aston Villa that they can no longer afford what may turn out to be a bargain £4.4 million for one of France’s more talented young players.

The club that spent so heavily to bring the likes of Scott Hogan, Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia to Villa Park are now in serious peril.

After two failed promotion attempts Aston Villa are now into their third year in the Championship and are, therefore, out of parachute payments.

The overspending has left them short of Financial Fair Play and it seems things are not going well behind the scenes.

Ikone is a player that, in any of the last three or four summers, Aston Villa could easily have snapped up. It is an indicator of their troubles that he has slipped through their fingers.

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