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Thierry Henry must seek to sign Eddie Nketiah if he takes over at Aston Villa

Thierry Henry must seek to sign Eddie Nketiah if he takes over at Aston Villa

Aston Villa supporters have been very downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a third Championship defeat of the season at the weekend.

The Villans are without a manager at present following the departure of Steve Bruce last week, leaving Kevin MacDonald to take charge of the side for the visit to Millwall on Saturday. And the caretaker boss was unable to lead his team to victory at the Den despite taking the lead through Tammy Abraham, what with goals from Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott sealing a 2-1 success for Neil Harris’ men, thus instigating their move up to 20th place in the Championship table, at the same time prompting Villa to slip to 15th.

Thus, there have been many disappointed Villans supporters up and down the country in recent times, although several are likely to be somewhat intrigued by the rumours circulating that Thierry Henry could well be the club’s new manager, with John Terry reportedly set to be his number two.

And were the Arsenal legend to indeed replace Bruce in the Villa Park dugout, the former forward could seek to raid his former employers in January in a bid to strengthen his Villans squad, with 19-year-old Eddie Nketiah one sensation Henry should seek to lure to the Midlands giants.

The striker began his youth career at Chelsea before making the move across the capital to the Emirates Stadium back in 2015, for whom he has since made his way up through the ranks to earn ten senior appearances.

And all ten of those appearances came last season under former boss Arsene Wenger to suggest that Nketiah was slowly but surely making his way up through the pecking order at the North London giants, with two goals against Norwich City in the Carabao Cup doing his chances no harm at all.

Yet the England Under-21 international has so far failed to feature under new manager Unai Emery this term and has instead been playing his football for the Under-23s in Premier League 2, netting four goals in four games for the development squad.

But such is Nketiah’s undoubted potential, it’s arguable, even at this early stage of his career, that he needs competitive football to begin to fulfil that potential, and the opportunity to work under a Gunners legend like Henry at Villa may well appeal to the 19-year-old.

Frenchman Henry was one of the best players to ever play in the Premier League during his time at Arsenal, with the 41-year-old’s guidance and experiences of being a world-class forward surely only of benefit to Nketiah in his bid to make his own way up towards the top of the game.

And with game time proving to be a problem at Arsenal, Emery may well be willing to sanction his departure on loan come the New Year – his desire to do that may well be heightened were Henry to take over at Villa.

And with the Villans so far struggling to get going in the Championship, new additions may be needed come the January transfer window, and an injection of youth and talent in the form of Nketiah could be exactly what they need.

Thus, were Henry to take over at Villa Park in the near future, he must seek to raid his ex-employers for 19-year-old sensation Nketiah.

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