By Sean Fisher

22nd Nov, 2022 | 10:30am

Aston Villa youngster Louie Barry tipped to have 'massive future' by MK Dons teammate Will Grigg

Louie Barry will be catching the eye of Unai Emery at Aston Villa after enjoying a purple patch of form with loan club MK Dons.

Barry burst onto the scene for Villa in 2021 when he started the FA Cup tie against Liverpool after Villa’s first team had a number of players out through Covid-19.

The now-19-year-old started and scored against the Reds and he’s since been gaining experience through a number of loan spells.

His latest loan spell is at MK Dons, and after a brief scoring drought Barrie scored his first goal for the club against Derby County and followed it up with an assist against Barnsley.

Having now settled down at the club, teammate Will Grigg piled praise onto the youngster and tipped him to be a future star.

“He’s got a massive future,” said Grigg, as quoted by Birmingham Mail.

“He’s quick, he can drive with the ball, he’s a really tricky and creative player. I know he was frustrated not to have scored before the weekend too.

“He’s such a great kid, he loves football, he’s a genuinely really nice lad. We were all so pleased for him to get that goal to get it off his back.”

One for the future

Ever since that goal against Liverpool, it seemed Barry was destined for success at Aston Villa. He was deemed one of the brightest talents in the Villa youth academy after he was poached from Barcelona’s infamous La Masia.

He’s been forced to wait for his shot in the first team but has spent his time wisely out on loan. He scored six in 14 appearances for Swindon last season and seems to still be up to the task in League One.

He’s slowly but surely improving the quality of his football and growing in confidence. A strong second half of the season with MK Dons will certainly put him on Emery’s radar as he undergoes the start of his Aston Villa rebuild.

With Danny Ings entering the twilight years of his career, there’s certainly room in the Villa squad for a young and upcoming striker.

Barry will be eager to take that opportunity with both hands, but it’s up to him to keep up his momentum and force his way into Emery’s plans.

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