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Aston Villa need to unleash 17-year-old starlet Kerr Smith

Aston Villa have been reported to be open to selling 24-year-old centre-back Ezri Konsa in the summer, who has a valuation of £22.5m according to Transfermarkt, but would likely cost more than that for any interested clubs.

If they do choose to sell him, manager Steven Gerrard could look to 17-year-old sensation Kerr Smith, who joined the club from Scottish Premiership side Dundee United in January for a mere £864k, after making an impressive 12 senior appearances with his former club.

“He’s a talented boy,” said former Dundee United manager Micky Mellon about him last year. “We enjoy having him here [at Dundee United] and watching him progress. I’m not surprised there would be interest in a 16-year-old that’s as good as him.”

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Daily Record reporter Scott Burns also heaped praise on the defender before his transfer to Villa, saying: “He’s done well, considering he’s only 17. He’s obviously quite big and strong, but he’s also very good on the ball.

“I remember Micky Mellon saying Kerr Smith was as good as anyone he’d seen at that age group.”

In his five Scottish Premiership games this season, he averaged 2.8 clearances per game as well as completing 100% of his dribbles, 50% of his duels and picking up just one yellow card throughout the season.

Since moving to the Midlands, he has appeared six times for the youth teams at Villa, but not yet having made an appearance for the senior squad.

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According to The Courier, the teenager “shined” on his U23 debut win over Norwich City in the Premier League 2, which was spectated by Gerrard – who would have been impressed with the result which was accompanied with a clean sheet.

The Scotland U19 international will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Bologna star and compatriot Aaron Hickey, who has become one of Europe’s hottest prospects after making the move to Italy from Hearts, where he made his first steps into professional football around the same age as Smith.

If Villa can unearth his potential, they could have a centre-back for their long-term future for Gerrard to centre his team around.

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