Young Villa striker to get Cambridge education?

Aston Villa’s talented young striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy looks set for a loan move to a League Two club. 

Sun journalist Alan Nixon has taken to Twitter to suggest Cambridge United could be the surprise destination.

This news comes after previous Tweets from Nixon suggesting that League One Coventry City and Charlton Athletic were interested in the 20-year-old marksman.

Cambridge currently twenty-first in League Two and face a crucial relegation battle away to Notts County at the weekend.

Villa manager Dean Smith recently told Birmingham Live that he was in favour of his young players going on loan believing that “they go out and see the real world playing alongside some seasoned professionals who rely on winning games for bonuses. Going out on loan to me is something that’s really important for their development and it’s something that we’re keen to do.”

Jacob-Murphy has made seven goalless appearances for Villa this season, mainly from the bench, but hasn’t featured since Smith took over in October. The striker ended last season in fine form helping Villa Under-23’s lift the Premier League Cup with fourteen goals in sixteen appearances.

Our View

Many will see Cambridge has a surprise destination for the young striker, given their lowly league position, and feel he could do better. However, it will give him an education in the harsh realities of professional lower league football and much-needed game time. The U’s have struggled in front of goal this season, and Hepburn-Murphy could be the answer to them avoiding the drop into the National League.


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