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Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s Aston Villa career will be decided by loan spell

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Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s Aston Villa career will be decided by loan spell

Aston Villa will finally get to see what youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is really made of following his exit on loan in the January window.

The Midlands giants have confirmed that the 20-year-old attacker has completed a temporary move to Cambridge United until the end of the season.

He has made the move to the League Two club and is now entering the most crucial five months of his career so far.

Hepburn-Murphy is a highly-rated product of the club’s academy and made his senior debut as a 16-year-old back in 2015.

But the centre-forward has struggled to make a senior breakthrough since and is not in the immediate plans of manager Dean Smith.

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He has failed to score in his 17 first-team appearances for Villa, but he’s mainly had to make do with substitute roles.

 

Hepburn-Murphy has proven at youth level in recent years that he’s a goalscorer and a loan spell away from the club is long overdue.

The striker has joined Cambridge for the rest of the campaign and now needs to try leave his mark on a team that are five points clear of the relegation places in League Two.

He may only be aged 20, but he’s getting to the age where senior football is crucial and scoring goals at Cambridge is the only way to push him closer to the Villa first team.

A productive loan spell in the next five months will surely catch the eye of Smith, but struggle in the fourth-tier of English football he could become another wasted young talent.

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