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Aston Villa could unearth Saka 2.0 in Jaden Philogene-Bidace

During his illustrious career, the new Aston Villa boss Unai Emery has managed some truly great stars, both young and old.

Whilst at Paris-Saint Germain he oversaw the transfer of both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, meanwhile at Arsenal had a hand in the emergence of youngsters Emile Smith Rowe and Buyako Saka.

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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.

Having already earned vital experience at senior level last season, the 20-year-old continues to excel in the Championship for his age, now at Cardiff City.

Boasting incredible versatility, the right-footed winger has featured on both flanks for both the Bluebirds and Stoke City last season.

Already having scored twice this season, he has doubled his tally from last campaign, marking a steady improvement for the London-born speedster.

His emergence somewhat mimics that of Saka, who only started with brief Premier League cameos and starts in the Europa League before he was scoring 11 and assisting seven under Mikel Arteta. 

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.

His appearances for the Potters last year led Michael O’Neill to label him “sharp”, “dynamic” and “brave”, three words that rather sum up Saka too.

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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.

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