Aston Villa are plotting to make youngsters Andre Green, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Jake Humphries key first-team players next season as they plan for life in the Championship, according to reports from the Telegraph.
The Villans currently look nailed-on to drop into the second tier for 2016/17, with Remi Garde’s men having picked up a meager 16 points all season, leaving them eight points away from safety with just 10 games to play.
It’s understood that key players such as Gabby Agbonlahor and Joleon Lescott are frustrated with the management of the club, and reports claim that plans are already being made for next season, with three youngsters being tipped to step up.
Although Villa are in disarray, their youth sides are generally known to be talented, and Humphries, Green and Hepburn-Murphy could profit from the drop.
All three are believed to be seen as ready to step into the senior ranks in the Championship, with the likes of Charles N’Zogbia and other big names players facing uncertain futures amid the mess at the club.
Hepburn-Murphy, a striker, and Green, a midfielder are both 17, while Humphries, 18, is a defender.