Who is Carney Chukwuemeka? The Aston Villa youngster loved by Grealish and wanted by Man Utd

Martin Macdonald
Who is Carney Chukwuemeka? The Aston Villa youngster loved by Grealish and wanted by Man Utd

This week Aston Villa Under 18s demolished Newcastle United 6-1 in the FA Youth Cup to earn a place in the semi-final of the competition, with 17-year-old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka scoring a hat-trick.

The young star has been enjoying a burgeoning reputation recently due to his exploits in the youth set up of the Villans, and could be in line to make a first-team appearance before the end of the season.

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So, what kind of player is he, and what can we expect from him in the future?

What position does Carney Chukwuemeka play in?

Chukwuemeka is usually deployed as a central midfielder though can play slightly further forward.

How good is Carney Chukwuemeka?

At the moment it seems like the sky is the limit for Chukwuemeka as he would appear to possess all the talent necessary to go far.

He is composed on the ball, can pick a pass from midfield, and is extremely athletic, which allows him to continually heap pressure on the opposition with his pressing, should he be asked.

However his greatest talent is arguably his shooting as two of his goals in the aforementioned game against Newcastle were of the highest quality. His first came via a neat dribble into the box followed by a curled effort into the top corner, while the second was placed perfectly into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Aston Villa director Christian Purslow previously described Chukwuemeka as the best player in the country in his age group when he was 16.

“The ultimate goal is to populate the under-23 team with 11 outstanding 16, 17 and 18-year-olds, then I will know it’s working,” the Villa chief executive said on a fans forum 12 months ago.

“And that will take years, not months. We need to be higher in recruiting the best eight-year-old, nine-year-old, 10-year-old, 11-year-old, 12-year-old, 14, 16, one a year that makes it and gets a professional contract at 16.

“I want that player. We have one right now, probably the best 16-year-old in England, Carney (Chukwuemeka). Absolutely no debate, he’s starting for the under-23s.”

What clubs are interested in Carney Chukwuemeka?

According to the Birmingham Mail; Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all scouted Chukwuemeka at one point over the past year.

Man Utd’s interest is believed to be the most concrete as they were alerted to the player’s talents even before the comments from Purslow.

Villa may face a fight to keep hold of him in the future, but for now he seems content enough to try and break into the Villa first team.

When does Carney Chukwuemeka’s contract expire?

Chukwuemeka only signed his first professional contract in October which as reportedly a three-year deal, but Villa are already keen to tie him down for longer.

What is Carney Chukwuemeka’s Instagram?

Chukwuemeka’s Instagram account has 16.4k followers as of April 2021.

Who is Carney Chukwuemeka’s girlfriend?

Chukwuemeka is currently not dating anyone publicly.