Another young Villan is set to walk through the door, with Kerr Smith set to join the Under-18 side.

Words: Mark Jirobe | @VillaMarkPGH


Aston Villa are looking to even further solidify their youth academy after acquiring 16-year-old Kerr Smith from Dundee United.

Smith has supposedly attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United and Everton in previous weeks, but according to Eric Nicolson of The Evening Telegraph, Villa have secured the services of the young Kerr. Kerr has played central midfield and most recently has been utilized as a centre-back.

Aston Villa has most recently continued their academy recruitment drive with the signings of highly-rated defender Lamare Bogarde and goalkeeper Oliwier Zych, and Kerr will be an exciting addition to an Aston Villa academy that is undoubtedly getting better and better all of the time.

Smith has impressed Dundee United boss Micky Mellon, who was keen on handing Kerr time on the pitch in a friendly against Sheffield United this past August. At the time, Smith was only 15 years old but it says a lot of a manager to give some time on the pitch to a youthful yet inspired player. The game would be abandoned at half-time due to inclement weather at Tannadice Park, but Smith didn’t very look out of place against Premier League talent such as Billy Sharp.

It may be some time until we see what Smith and the other new youth prospects could turn into for Aston Villa, but there have been more than enough promising players added to give cause for excitement. It wouldn’t be unusual for Aston Villa to continue bringing in talent who can grow into their own with the Midlands club, who seems to be on the rise in many ways in recent times.

Kerr Smith, like other recent arrivals, will link up with the Under-18 set-up.

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