Aussie Lyden targets immediate Aston Villa redemption

Young gun Jordan Lyden is looking to put the “all-time low” of relegation behind him and play a leading role in helping pilot Aston Villa back to the Premier League next season.


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The 20 year-old midfielder, who has made five appearances in a breakthrough season for the fallen Midlands giant, is viewed by many Villa fans as one of the faces of the future who can regenerate the club.

And Perth-raised Lyden believes he is ready to step up in the Championship and deliver on his undoubted promise.

“I have no doubt that myself and the other youngsters can help get the club back where it belongs … hopefully I get the opportunity next year to do that. I feel I am ready," he said.

“I have some minutes under my belt in the Perm(iership) and hopefully I will get some more before the end of the season. Next year could me my year, we will just have to wait and see.”

Lyden was on the bench at Old Trafford when Villa’s relegation was sealed by a 1-0 loss to Manchester United, and it’s a sinking feeling which he won't forget.

“I’ve had some ups this year in progressing through the Under-21's into the first team, but going down has been an all-time low for me. Everybody at the club is gutted.

"But I am sure we will bounce straight back up … we have the quality to do that and we will attract top players and a top manager.

“We just have to knuckle down and stick together as a group. There are still three games left and hopefully we can pick up a few points and push on when the new season starts in August.

“In football, it’s about how you respond when things go against you and I am sure you will see us do that in the right way next season.”

The Under-21s skipper has won the affection of fans, who took to social media to voice their displeasure three weeks back when he substituted by caretaker boss Eric Black at half-time in the 2-1 home defeat against Bournemouth.

"That was tactical one ... we need to get more forward and bringing me off didn't really harm the team," he said.

#AVFC Jordan Lyden and Andre Green could be in the starting line-up against Southampton which would be excellent news.

— bruce_mac (@golf_avfc) April 21, 2016
"I would love to have stayed on and that was a down for me but I just carry on working hard in training and hopefully I will get back into the team before the end of the season.

"My head is in the right place ... I will just try and keep doing the rights things and hopefully I impress this manager and whoever comes in also”

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is the favourite.

Congrats to Jordan Lyden on making his starting @premierleague debut for @AVFCOfficial debut.

— The PFA (@thepfa) April 9, 2016
"The fans have taken a liking to me, they like the fact I have come through the academy and have progressed into the first team."

Lyden remains mystified how Villa’s season unfolded so disastrously, with the club picking up just 16 points from 35 games so far, with just three victories all season.

“I am not sure what happened really … it’s been a strange season across the division," he said.

"Look at how well Leicester have done and how tough it’s been for Chelsea.

Me and Jordan Lyden (one of the villa players that isn't hated)#avfc #upthevilla by joshheath16 #AVFC

— AVTV (@avtv) April 23, 2016
"Unfortunately, we've had a bad run. Once you get on one it's tough to get out of it when everybody seems against you and everybody doubts you.

"It’s no easy come back from that … wins brings confidence but we just didn’t pick enough of them.

"Next year is a new a new season and a new start, and hopefully we get the club back where it belongs in the Premier League."

Lyden remains in talks over a contract extension ... but is in no immediate rush.

"It’s a bit tough at the moment because the club is in a bit of turmoil and I understand that," he said.

"I am very happy here. They have done a lot for me and I owe a lot back to them.

"I was out injured last year and they stuck by me, and I have to thank them for that.

"Hopefully I will be in their plans and fingers crossed I get a new contract. I am sure I will be here for a good for years yet."

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Published 27 April 2016 at 11:28am
By Dave Lewis