Lyden set to face the Gunners

Lyden set to face the Gunners

Posted on December 13, 2015 in 'News'

Former ECU Joondalup academy midfielder Jordan Lyden could make his Aston Villa debut in Monday morning’s English Premier League giants Arsenal.

The combative midfielder was handed a first-team squad number on Saturday and withdrawn from Villa’s Under 21s clash this weekend after starring in the midweek win over Derby County. Lyden, 19, has played the defensive midfielder role since moving from ECU to Aston Villa in 2012, and he looks set to start on the bench for the home clash against the Gunners.

ECU Joondalup’s Director of Coaching Steve Amphlett said the youngster deserves his opportunity after working tirelessly to improve his game. “As a club we’re delighted for Jordan, and all his hard work and dedication has been rewarded,” he said. “We have had some good players head over to the UK and had success and it’s extra special when one of our own make his English Premier League debut, and if he is selected we wish him all the best.”

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe predicted a big future for Lyden, who trained with the Glory when he was back holidaying in Perth. “Jordan is top notch holding midfielder. He was on the bench for the first team in pre-season, he’s superb,’’ Lowe said. “He was always going to be a player, really nice conscientious kid but a really unbelievable professional attitude and a massive winning mentality.’’

He signed a his first pro deal with Villa in 2012, and he came through the ECU Joondalup academy, that has produced the likes of Adam Taggart, Chris Herd, Rhys Williams and Shane Lowry said it was his dream to play in England’s top flight. “When I was five I used to watch the Premier League and it was always what I wanted to be. I always had a ball at my feet; I’ve always loved it and I still do,” Lyden said.

The Villains have kept tabs on Lyden since he was 12 and he regularly flew him over to train with the club’s academy before moving permanently at age 16. He was born to English parents but Lyden has represented the Young Socceroos. He has regularly trained with the first team since Frenchman Remi Garde was appointed last month, and the teenager was edging closer to a senior debut last season before recurring hamstring issues saw him miss most of the season, but Sunday he might get his chance.