Aston Villa have plenty of young talent coming through of whom the hope will be a future in the first-team. One such player is central defender Easah Suliman. The 20-year-old is a highly-rated local lad who has been considered a top talent for a number of years now.
His reputation is built mainly on his excellent credentials with the England youth teams. The defender has played for his country from under-16 level and has even captained the side at under-16, under-17 and under-19 level.
At the under-19 level, he helped England win the European Championships last summer and he is now a part of the very successful England under-20 unit, playing six games and scoring two goals at that level.
So Aston Villa are right to have high hopes for his future.
However, he is not currently at the club and has been struggling to make a name for himself during his current loan spell.
Suliman, who has previously been on loan at Cheltenham Town, joined League Two side Grimsby Town on loan until the end of the season back in January.
It was supposed to see him get a chance of first-team football but he has so far been used sparingly at Blundell Park.
Suliman has played just 58 minutes of first-team football for the Mariners since heading to the League Two side in January.
Aston Villa will undoubtedly be disappointed to see that Suliman has not managed to have an impact in the lower leagues. The problem with a player of Suliman’s style, a confident ball-playing defender, is that in League Two such qualities are not always what a club is looking for.
Suliman is under contract at Aston Villa until 2019 and next season the club need to find him a more suited loan spell if he is to get the first-team football he requires. In the long run, the youngster has all the attributes necessary to be a first-team player at Aston Villa.
But he will need to learn from his tough Grimsby experience and come back to Bodymoor Heath stronger in the summer.