One day after we found out that 20-year-old left back Lewis Kinsella was being loaned to Luton Town, we've got another young Villan being sent off to the lower leagues for the rest of the season. Striker Graham Burke will head to League One side Notts County on a two-month loan effective immediately. Burke will be available for the Magpies in time for their clash against Scunthorpe tomorrow.
Burke has made two senior appearances for Aston Villa, but none since the 2012-13 season. Both appearances were in the League Cup. Notts County, meanwhile, have been struggling mightily this year. Last weekend they lost 4-1 to MK Dons and currently sit in 20th, one spot above the relegation cut line and spared only by their goal differential. (Meanwhile, Leyton Orient, who you may remember as the team who came to Villa Park and bumped Aston Villa from the League Cup, are sitting in 22nd with 39 points. So, you know. We lost to a team who look to get relegated from League One. Ugh.)
Oddly, Burke will have the chance to help pull a team with Villa connections into the League One relegation mire. Scunthorpe sit in 18th, and are only one point above the drop line. If you're not familiar with The Iron, they were formed in 1899 by people who admired Villa and have thus traditionally played in the same claret and blue that we love so much. I'll now have torn rooting interests, hoping that Burke can score a hat-trick in a Notts County eventual loss to a Scunthorpe team that I have a major soft spot for.
Best of luck, down there, Graham. Keep those Magpies up!