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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The name Kaine Kesler wasn’t particularly well known outside of Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath bubble six weeks ago. But, due to the first team’s bubble being temporarily burst by a COVID-19 outbreak, Kesler and his under-23 teammates were presented with a unique chance to showcase their talents to the Villa masses. Kesler was given the daunting task of marking Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane - who finished fourth in the race for the 2019 Ballon d’Or. Mane managed to score twice in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory but Kesler emerged with mounds of credit for the way he nullified the threat of a truly world class operator. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Louie Barry grabbed most of the headlines but Kesler’s defensive diligence earned him top marks with numerous national news outlets, while Sky Sports named him Man of the Match. Kesler described the experience as ‘surreal’ and a ‘dream come true’ - but the noises coming out of Bodymoor Heath suggest that it won’t be the final time the 18-year-old graces such a grand stage. Behind-the-scenes Kesler has continued to plug away with Villa’s under-23s over the last month and he has impressed Mark Delaney enough to land the captaincy following Dominic Revan’s loan switch to Weymouth. “We spoke before I gave it to him because it’s not just one of those items you give to anybody in my opinion,” explained Delaney. “You need to make sure that you give it to somebody who is going to lead by example, somebody who is going to lead a team and somebody who is going to do things right day in, day out. Read More Related Articles The sadness undermining Aston Villa’s brilliant season under Dean Smith Read More Related Articles Gary Lineker says what every Aston Villa fan is thinking with two-word message “I feel that we’ve picked the right person for that. He’s shown in his performances that he’s taken that on himself. “It just gives him that extra responsibility. He’s fully aware that he needs to be the first person into training, he needs to be the last one away from training and he needs to be the one that works the hardest. “If he does that then players will want to follow that and it can only be good for the group if players get to the levels that we think Kaine can get to.” Kesler has impressed his coaches Delaney and George Boateng, as well as Dean Smith and Villa’s first team staff, with his eagerness to learn and develop his game. Throughout his managerial career Smith has always encouraged players to ask questions and Kesler isn’t shy in coming forward when he believes it will benefit his development. “He wants to learn,” added Delaney. “He asks me (things he can improve) as much as I give him information.” Throughout his climb up Villa’s ranks Kesler has worked on his game relentlessly to put himself on the cusp of making it at his boyhood club. In addition to grafting at Bodymoor Heath, Kesler has been working with local coach Jamie Atkins, who puts on individual and small group sessions with local professionals.
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. “He’s a quiet lad in the sessions but he’s very hard-working and eager to improve. It wasn’t a surprise that he was recently called up by England. “He’s got all the attributes of what a good young footballer should be like: he’s very tenacious, he’s forward-thinking, he’s got a good game understanding. “For spells against Liverpool, playing up against Mane, I thought he did very well.”
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Kesler’s hard work has paid off. He received his first England under-19s call-up in October and a series of recent events could even lead to more chances under Smith. First choice right-back Matty Cash has sustained a hamstring injury, and Villa loaned out Frederic Guilbert to Strasbourg in January, meaning Ahmed Elmohamady is currently the only senior option available to Smith. In the past Smith has used Ezri Konsa at right-back, but his wonderful form in the centre of defence means his position isn’t likely to be tampered with. Kesler is the natural deputy to Elmohamady for the time being so, depending on the severity of Cash’s problem, Villans could catch a second glimpse of the promising starlet in the coming weeks.
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