Aston Villa have shown over the past few years that they are very capable of bringing new players to the club in the transfer windows and aren’t put off when it comes to spending significant amounts of money in doing so.
However, with the next summer transfer window set to open for business at the end of the season, it seems as though this one will be an important period for one of Villa’s current players and their future.
According to a recent Twitter post from The Athletic’s Villa reporter Gregg Evans, midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka will wait until the summer before deciding his long-term future at the Midlands club after previous reports claimed that he is not willing to sign a new deal due to a lack of regular senior game time.
Evans also added that the club are “keen” to extend the youngster’s contract, which is set to expire in the summer of 2023, but also claimed that other clubs are interested in the player, before ending his tweet saying that game time throughout the remainder of the current campaign will be an important factor in Chukwuemeka’s future and the decision he will make in the summer.
As a product of the club’s youth system, which has developed and introduced players such as Jack Grealish and Gareth Barry in the past among many others, the 18-year-old has made 54 combined appearances for their U18 and U23 sides, scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists along the way.
The teenager has also made 13 senior appearances for the Villans, with nine of them seeing him play in the Premier League in this campaign.
Given how the Villa Park outfit could now be at risk of losing one of their youth prospects that has shown in the past how much of an attacking threat he can be in terms of scoring and creating goals, there would presumably be a lot of fans connected to the club that will now be sweating over the possibility of the midfielder leaving for another club in the near future.
Moving forward, with the Midlands side apparently eager to have the youngster put pen to paper on a new deal, it seems as though Steven Gerrard has the power to influence Chukwuemeka’s decision by giving him regular game time from now until the end of the campaign.
With that in mind, it could be likely to see the teen feature in the first team quite often for the next weeks and months.