Earlier today, the Birmingham Mail reported that Villa youngster Riccardo Calder was likely to join Scottish side Dundee F.C. on loan. The club later confirmed his departure.
LOAN MOVE: Good luck to Riccardo Calder who is heading to @DundeeFCOnline until January 2016. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/h97u75XCpa— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 31, 2015
The loan will last until January, when the deal will be reviewed and could be extended to a season-long move. Calder, 19, made a solid impression in Villa's pre-season trip to Portugal, and continued his form back with the U-21 side, appearing in all three of the squad's games this season. He's extremely versatile, playing all across the midfield and chipping in defensively at full-back.
With Villa's midfield crowded as it is, Calder likely wouldn't have gotten much of a chance to feature in the first-squad. Playing senior football in Scotland should challenge Calder more than U-21 games. Hopefully, he'll receive a good look with the first-team and return to Villa a more experienced player.