Midlands journalist Luke Hatfield believes that Aston Villa have high hopes for youth prospect Louie Barry, who could become a first-team player in the coming seasons, following his loan move to Ipswich Town.
Barry has joined the Football League club as he looks to continue his development, having emerged as a key player for Villa in their youth teams.
The 18-year-old striker has made 19 appearances for the Under-23s, scoring 14 goals, while he also scored eight goals in eight games for the U18s.
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Formerly of Barcelona, Barry captured the attention when he scored in the FA Cup clash with Liverpool, in a game in which Villa essentially fielded their youth team.
Hatfield believes that the forward can learn and improve during his time at Villa Park, and thinks that he is a player who will only get better, with the club placing stock in his potential.
Of course, it remains to be seen how his loan spell will go in League One, but he made his debut against Newport County in the EFL Cup.
Hatfield said: “Villa are keen to see these young players improve and work their way into the first team positions, if they’re that good. And I think Barry is going to be one of those players who they do rate highly and do expect to see maybe battling for a first-team slot in the coming seasons.
“He’s got a great place to learn at Villa when he is back around the club in the likes of Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings. It wouldn’t shock me to see him continue to improve; he could be a real star of the future.”