Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece has been reacting to Tommi O’Reilly signing his first senior contract with the club.
The Lowdown: O’Reilly’s professional deal
O’Reilly is just 18 years of age and plays primarily as an attacking midfielder who can also turn out in a deeper role or on the right.
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His displays for both the Under-18s and Under-23s have seemingly caught the eye of Steven Gerrard, who named the midfielder on the bench against Brighton and Southampton in recent weeks.
The Latest: Preece reacts
Preece took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to react to the news of O’Reilly’s contract.
“Go on, the boy! Well done, Tommi. Fully deserved!”
The Verdict: Good news
Villa have recently reaped the rewards of a midfielder breaking through the academy and into the first team in Jacob Ramsey, and it seems as if O’Reilly could well be the next.
Gerrard is clearly a fan of the player after naming him in the match-day squad for two successive Premier League games, and who knows, if he continues to impress at Bodymoor Heath, the manager may be tempted to hand him more first-team opportunities before the season comes to a close.
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