For the first time in forever, the general football world actually cares about Aston Villa! Or something like that. And when supporters of Chelsea, Liverpool, and general chaos turn their eyes to the Etihad Stadium tonight, their hopes might fall onto the foot of the ever-talented Jordan Bowery.
Wait, what? With Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, and Libor Kozak all missing due to injury, Villa is expected to turn to their fifth-choice striker to play up top alongside Andreas Weimann tonight against Manchester City. To be fair to Bowery, he played extremely well last week, but I doubt football fans on Merseyside or in West London are chuffed about their clubs' title chances partially being dependent on a striker who hasn't scored since moving from League Two side Chesterfield in August 2012.
While you probably laughed when you heard "starlet" and Bowery mentioned in the same sentence, the same certainly can't be said about Jack Grealish who happens to most likely be Villa's best young talent. And after impressing all year on loan at League One outfit Notts County, Grealish has travelled to the Etihad tonight and might make his Villa debut. The teenager was one of four finalists for April's League One Player of the Month and if Sid Cowans has his way tonight, we should expect the youngster to make his competitive debut for Villa.
If Grealish plays tonight, he'll become a third player from last year's NextGen-winning side to make his Premier League debut—Samir Carruthers did so in 2012, before the triumph at Lake Como while Callum Robinson came on for his first league appearance in the 0-0 draw with Southampton last month.
Who would be in your starting XI today for the most important match Villa have taken part in this season? Want to see Bowery, Robinson, and Grealish all handed starts? Or would your rather see Paul Lambert pick a side with the intention of winning the last two matches and earning another Christian Benteke? Let us know in the comments!