Date: 3rd June 2022 at 2:55pm
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Having finished 14th in the Premier League this season, Aston Villa are keen on splashing the cash on reinforcements this summer, ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Phillipe Coutinho, Boubacar Kamara, and Diego Carlos have already joined the Villains before the transfer window has opened, with Robin Olsen looking to become the fourth signing of their summer.

However, within their ranks, Villa have a talent who they could unleash upon the Premier League next season, in the form of 20-year-old Jaden Philogene-Bidace.

The young winger had a spell at Stoke City last season, following a January loan move, where he scored once in 11 appearances for the Championship side.

That produced a WhoScored rating of 6.82 across the campaign for the England U20 international, a very decent total, especially given the fact that the former Pro:Direct Academy product was experiencing his first taste of professional first-team football.

He has even made four appearances for his parent club this season, including a brief Premier League cameo in the club’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in their first home game of the campaign.

Steven Gerrard will no doubt be looking positively at the youngster’s potential, and could look to integrate him into his first-team plans next season.

Had Philogene-Bidace remained at Villa during the second half of the campaign, there would’ve been a good chance that he could have made more appearances for the side, given the form of the front men.

Danny Ings and Leon Bailey both cost £25m each last summer, with Emi Buendia shaving a club record-breaking £38m off Villa’s bank balance, and with all of these players being in inconsistent form towards the end of the campaign, it’s unlikely Gerrard and Villa will be wanting to spend a lot of money of forward players this summer.

The trio scored a combined 12 Premier League goals between them this season according to FBref, which doesn’t justify the £88m spent across the three players.

Philippe Coutinho may improve this output next season, but that doesn’t shy away from the fact that Villa have lost a lot of the Jack Grealish sale money (£100m), and haven’t seen a massive return in value on that as of yet.

However, the positive is that this could provide a route for Philogene-Bidace into the first team, with Gerrard likely to be keen to give Villa’s impressive youth talents a run in the Premier League next season.

There’s no reason for the former Rangers manager to not give the young winger a run in the side either, with the England U20 man having scored eight goals in just six appearances for the U23 side this season, before being loaned out to Stoke.

Speaking on his time at the Pro:Direct Academy, Philogene-Bidace’s ex-coach Ahmed Abdulla was full of praise for the young starlet. 

“He was outstanding every game,” says Abdulla

“If ever we were drawing or losing at half-time and not playing well, Jaden would be the one the rest of the boys looked to, to get us back into the game.”

Philogene-Bidace has clearly got a lot of potential that Gerrard will be hoping can be realised at his current club, but the former Liverpool player will have to start giving him game-time, to see him really flourish.

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