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Smith: Aston Villa have set plan for Chukwuemeka

Aston Villa boss, Dean Smith, has said they have a set plan for Carney Chukwuemeka.

Smith has told BirminghamLive that Villa have a plan for Chukwuemeka with the standout talent being amongst the first-team group since January.

“He’s got a pathway at the football club,” Smith said. “He’s got a plan at the football club.

“He’s doing extremely well. He’s training with the first-team regularly. He’s been on the bench for us. He’s been in a number of squads and he’s doing excellently. We’re really pleased with his progress so far.”

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On the hype surrounding Villa’s 6ft playmaker, Smith added: “Yes, there has to be a little bit of… He’s doing very well in age football at the moment and I recall watching Wayne Rooney play against Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup final in 2002…

“I remember watching the game and he developed very quickly as a player. Our job is finding that balance for their development; the maturation of the players. Carney’s in a good place with us at the moment training with us and he’s enjoying he’s football.

“You could see against Newcastle (FA Youth Cup quarter-final) he was the standout player.”

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