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Lambert promises a lineup surprise against Manchester United

Callum Robinson and Jack Grealish are set to make Aston Villa's matchday squad against Manchester United on Saturday.

Have you heard about Jack Grealish's socks?
Have you heard about Jack Grealish's socks?
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Do you remember Callum Robinson? Jack Grealish? You know, those super-promising young players who we haven't seen much of lately. The former was recalled from an incredibly successful loan spell so that he could not make the bench in favor of Australian superstar Chris Herd. The latter makes a random appearance now and then, but is buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Charles N'Zogbia and Kieran Richardson.

Well, brace yourself for a massive shock. It appears that Paul Lambert may remember them as well, and that both players are almost guaranteed to make the matchday squad against Manchester United on Saturday. He's even said as much, according to the Birmingham Mail. And all it took was the absences of:

  • Alan Hutton
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Tom Cleverley
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Nathan Baker
  • Joe Cole
  • Philippe Senderos

Seven players who won't be able to make the match is all it takes for Lambert to remember that he's got two immensely talented youngsters sitting on the bench. It's sort of the same way that we all miraculously found out that Jores Okore was good.

But, I guess I oughtn't be too cynical. If Grealish and Robinson get to play and they play well, they may force themselves into more regular selection. We'll also likely see another youth player called up, since Lambert legitimately doesn't have 18 players on the senior squad available. It's certainly good news for fans of Grealish and Robinson, and even better news for cameramen who will constantly zoom in on Grealish's shin-guard-less socks. So hooray for the youth! Here's hoping they can give Villa their first win over United since 2009.