Grant: Gardner has bright future

The 19-year-old central midfielder faces a tough test to break into

the starting line-up and is behind the likes of Jermaine Jenas,

Stiliyan Petrov, Chris Herd, Stephen Ireland, Fabian Delph and

Barry Bannan. However, Grant insists it will not be long before

Gardner, the younger brother of former Villa midfielder Craig, will

make the step up from the bench where he has started three times

this season. “We feel he’ll have a big part to play for us soon,

absolutely no doubt about that,” Grant told the club’s official

website. “He’s a talented boy. Going through this period in

December and from Christmas onwards we feel he’s got the talent to

be part of things. “His performances with the reserves have been

excellent, he’s a fantastic professional and he will get a chance

because his talent will dictate that and we’re all looking forward

to working with him.”