During his illustrious career, the new Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has managed some truly great stars, both young and old.
The latter name has been starring in the Premier League ever since, and to mark his return to England, the Spanish coach might once again look to Aston Villa’s academy to find his newest young gem.
Whilst the likes of Louie Barry and Cameron Archer might steal the headlines for the Villans’ youth setup, Jaden Philogene-Bidace will go under the radar as someone who could soon break through and be the next big thing.
Boasting incredible versatility, the right-footed winger has featured on both flanks for both the Bluebirds and Stoke City last season.
This should be the target for Philogene-Bidace, who has seen first-hand the clear path that one can pave for themselves should one work hard and continue to perform when given the chance.
These are qualities that are instrumental in the progression of any player, but to have them already at such a young age bodes well for the Villa loanee. Possessing the ability to “skip past tackles” – in the words of Ahmed Abdulla – he can also “come inside” in Saka-esque fashion.
Emery clearly boasts an eye for talent, so if anyone is to unleash him and help his transition into the first team, it will be the Spaniard.
With Saka one of the shining lights that radiate one of his greatest successes, Philogene-Bidace might be next on his list now he has taken up the Villa Park hot seat.