The second instalment of my Kids DO Stand a Chance feature highlights the prospect that is 18-year-old defender Derrick Williams who has been a mainstay in the youth side all season alongside breaking into the reserve team ranks.
Williams is a young Irish defender who can play at left back as well as his favoured central role and has formed a partnership with Daniel Devine to create the academy league’s meanest defence on the way to Villa’s league title victory last season. The youngster played in every game of Villa’s FA Cup run which ended at the semi final stage this year having also featured in all of last year’s games in the same competition up until the final.
Derrick made significant strides in the reserve team under Kevin MacDonald this campaign, appearing 10 times for the second string at his tender age, as well as breaking into the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad before his 18th birthday. In a line of impressive left footed centre backs coming through the youth, Williams follows fellow Ireland international Ciaran Clark (21) and Nathan Baker (20) and is hoping to emulate the success of his hero Paul McGrath at Villa Park. If he turned out half as good he’ll be a fans favourite!
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