Manager makes ‘really exciting’ Aston Villa prediction after latest signing confirmed



Dundee United manager Tam Courts has tipped new Aston Villa signing Kerr Smith for a bright future.

The 17-year-old has arrived at Villa Park from the Scottish Premiership club with a lot of potential.

Smith can be a “top player” at the “highest” level according to his former boss.

The central defender has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs over the past 18 months, including Leicester City, but Villa have won the race for his signature.

Gerrard is familiar with Smith following his successful spell in charge of Scottish giants Rangers.

Smith looks set to initially play with Villa’s under-23 squad but will be looking to fulfil his potential under the management of Gerrard.

“It is really exciting on a number of different fronts,” Dundee United manager Courts told The Herald.

“He has come all the way through the academy system and was a very early debutant.

“He also played in some really big and significant games for the club in a short space of time. He is a boy with all the potential in the world.

“It is great that Dundee United have been able to do business with an English Premier League club and it is a huge opportunity for Kerr.

“We are just really proud of the player and everything the club has done for him and what he has achieved in such a short space of time.

“The staff at the academy and the coaches who have looked after Kerr at all the various age groups deserve enormous credit. A lot of the academy coaches work at that level because they are quite selfless.

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“They might not want the plaudits but they need to take an enormous pat on the back for the work they have done in helping Kerr where he is today.

“Kerr has been on a really steep journey, especially over the last couple of days. He has really blossomed but there is still a lot of growth and development to come.

“We really do think he can be a top player in the future at the highest level and that can be in the English Premier League.”

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