'One to watch': 17-year-old Aston Villa prospect tipped to have big future under Unai Emery
The Athletic have run the rule over the best young players available to Emery at Villa Park as he gets his feet under the table.
They say a January loan may come too soon for the 17-year-old and his development may be best served at Villa until the end of the season.
He has been training with the first team during the mid-season World Cup break, which indicates how Emery views him.
Teenager Feeney one to watch at Villa
The report says Villa beat a host of clubs from across Europe and at home to sign Feeney from Fleetwood so his potential is no surprise.
Villa want to use him in the FA Youth Cup this season, which indicates he will still spend most of his time in youth football.
He was on the bench for the EFL Cup win over Bolton this season but not against Manchester United at Old Trafford under Emery.
Villa of course lost that game so opportunities in the EFL Cup will have to wait until next season but their FA Cup campaign gets underway in early January.
Villa host League 2 outfit Stevenage in the third round, which could create an opportunity for Feeney to get into the squad or even play.
Feeney will hope to continue his progress and it remains to be seen if and when Emery will take the plunge and put him in the side.
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