United States youngster Indiana Vassilev has been tipped to make an impact at Aston Villa after finally joining the Championship club on a permanent contract.
The 17-year-old had been on trial with Villa since November 2016, but has now been handed a professional contract by the English outfit.
Vassilev’s former coach at the IMG Academy is Kevin Hartman, and the American has claimed that the future ‘is boundless’ for the teenager.
The Birmingham Mail quotes Hartman as saying:
“He understands what’s going on around him and it allows him to not only be better himself, but it makes the players around him better.
“He’s got great leadership qualities and he’s got an undying desire to win every time he plays. That competitiveness is an attribute that I think every coach is going to be looking for and it really drives development.
“His future is boundless. He has all the physical capabilities of a top level player. The attributes and the characteristics that he has within are the ones that will drive his development. I don’t see a limit to what he can achieve.”
The Birmingham Mail has described Vassilev as ‘a technically sound player who is comfortable across midfield and even in attack’.
Villa boss Steve Bruce has not been afraid to hand first-team minutes to youngsters this season, and Vassilev will be eyeing a future role at Villa Park.
Villa, whose supporters have recently been commenting on the future of John Terry, have lost their last two Championship matches, but they are still comfortably inside the playoff positions in fourth spot, and will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Hull City after the international break on March 31.