THE SECRET SCOUT: Carney Chukwuemeka is Aston Villa’s 17-year-old playmaker


THE SECRET SCOUT: Carney Chukwuemeka is the 17-year-old Aston Villa playmaker with great balance and the highest confidence … now he needs to add more goals to his game

  • Carney Chukwuemeka, 17, is a midfielder with an intelligent football brain
  • The 17-year-old’s self-confidence radiates and he has a wonderful balance
  • He must be more than a playmaker and add more goals to his game now

SportsmailThe resident scout is a top football expert who attends matches every week in search of the game’s next star.

This week, Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka is under scrutiny.


Aston Villa has just triumphed in the FA Youth Cup final by beating Liverpool 2-1. They have several players with potential, some from other clubs. But one can never know for sure which individuals will appear.

Chukwuemeka is a tall attacking midfielder assured of Northampton Town who turns out to be more mature than his age.

He is only 17, has a beautiful balance and is extremely confident. He has the ability to bypass third midfield opponents with a shimmy and quick change of feet. Although he is essentially right-footed, he can manipulate the ball from close range to confuse opponents.

Carney Chukwuemeka stood out as one of Aston Villa’s most promising youngsters this season

When he gets in his stride, he is difficult to control as he also moves at a reasonable pace.

Due to his physique, he is not intimidated in any way and can comfortably deal with stronger and more physical players.

His team play is OK. He works hard and although he is aware of his own individual qualities, he is not selfish and in this game he brought his colleagues into the game with a few steps with one and two hands.


It will be important that he doesn’t just see himself as a playmaker. He also needs to be a scorer if he is to emerge among a host of good young English attacking midfield players.

He will take some punches when attacking opponents, but like the talented Jack Grealish, he will learn how to ride tough challenges and tackles. He has sufficient skills and must anticipate a good career.

He could well be on the fringes of Dean Smith’s first team next season, rather than taking the normal route of a rental move first.

The tall midfielder (left) has great balance and a wise head on his 17-year-old shoulders

The tall midfielder (left) has great balance and a wise head on his 17-year-old shoulders