Aston VIlla’s Under-21s cruised to victory in their opening match of the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night.
The Young Lions came from behind to beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 at Adams Park thanks to goals from Cameron Archer and Jaden Philogene-Bidace.
Wycombe opened the scoring after 11 minutes when Garath McCleary got free down their right-hand side and crossed in for an unmarked Connor Parsons, who fired home into the roof of the net.
Villa fired back through Archer, the hat-trick hero in the Carabao Cup last week, who equalised three minutes before half-time.
Archer was put through by the returning Morgan Sanson and finished coolly from a tight angle.
Then came the turn of Philogene-Bidace to impress Villa fans and put Mark Delaney’s men in the driving seat.
Philogene-Bidace tapped home at the back post from Archer’s cross with 22 minutes left and rounded off the scoring nine minutes from time.
Philogene-Bidace drove a shot past Wycombe goalkeeper Adam Przybek from 20 yards to conclude a good night’s work for Villa’s youngsters.
Villa head coach Dean Smith has already embedded players like Philogene-Bidace, Jacob Ramsey and Carney Chukwuemeka into the club’s first-team.
And some Villa fans want to see more regular game-time for Philogene-Bidace.
One wrote on social media: “It only took us a month and we’ve found our new Jack Grealish. Philogene-Bidace looked like an absolute baller, we need to give him first team game time frequently.”
“Philogene-Bidace needs League minutes,” another added. “He will make full-backs look silly.”
“Philogene-Bidace is going to make an impact soon,” a third fan said while another added: “Get Philogene-Bidace on the pitch, he’s the best of the lot.”
“Philogene-Bidace is a class player,” a fifth fan said.
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