In a season of transition under Paul Lambert the Midlands side have turned to the products of their academy as they continue to build for the future despite a lack of winsAston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has revealed his excitement at the array of young talent that the Premier League side is producing this season.
During their 1-0 win over Reading, the Villans fielded a side with an average age of 23 years and 324 days, the youngest side they have ever started with in Premier League history.
Paul Lambert has used the younger players to freshen up his side as the Villa Park outfit continue their period of transition. The club currently sit 15th in the table but the 26-year-old has confidence that results will improve as those players gain experience.
"I've obviously been in quite a few different Villa teams through the years. And I'm excited about this one at the moment," the 26-year-old told the club's official website.
"It's an improving team. I feel we are progressing each week. You see development in each game. That's because we're getting more and more used to each other.
"It's a really good team in the making. But there's definitely progress already. And it's important to realise this isn't just a short-term fix, this is a long-term project which will bear fruit in the future. The future is good."
The Midlands club have managed only 14 points so far this season but the former England Under-21 international believes that the club is pulling in the right direction.
He continued: "It's a fresh approach. It's about building, getting a close-knit group of young and hungry players who will develop together.
"There's a top team spirit too. We all work hard for the club and for each other. That's vital in any successful side and we have that in abundance.
"I am definitely excited at being part of this team. I am looking forward to the future."