Given the batch of honours that Aston Villa have won at reserve and youth level since the turn of the century, it is slightly baffling that more young prospects haven’t made waves in the first team.
Gary Cahill is the biggest success story, while the likes of Liam Ridgewell, Steven Davis, Craig Gardner and Marc Albrighton have forged unspectacular Premier League careers.
Villa were the Premier League Reserve northern champions in 2004, while taking the southern honours in four of the five seasons between 2008 and 2012.
They also lifted the NextGen Series trophy in 2013.
However, the number of strikers that have failed to make their mark in the first team after successful teenage careers is stacking up.
Luke Moore was a thorn in the side of numerous defences alongside his brother Stefan in the 2004 trophy-winning campaign, while he and Gabby Agbonlahor ran amok in the following season.
Both were regular starters when Martin O’Neill took the reins at Villa Park in 2006, but while Agbonlahor has now surpassed 300 appearances for the club, Moore has done the rounds after scoring just 14 goals.
Tobias Mikaelsson was the main man in Villa’s 2008 success, but he failed to make a single first-team appearance and is currently failing to live up to early comparisons to Zlatan Ibrahimovic by representing IK Oddevold in the Swedish third tier.
Nathan Delfouneso was the next big thing in the Villa youth ranks, but he only managed two senior goals for the club before eventually being allowed to depart. He spent the last season struggling for starts at Championship whipping boys Blackpool and has now been released.
Finally, there is Andi Weimann, who was fairly prolific in the 2012 title-winning team. But for all of his hard work and endeavour, his average of a goal every five appearances isn’t the best.
Weimann looks to be one of numerous Villa players that Tim Sherwood will be encouraging to leave this summer, with Derby described as being interested in a £2m deal in what could be Paul Clement’s first signing.
The Austrian started only one game under Sherwood and wasn’t even named among the substitutes for the FA Cup final with Arsenal, which suggests he has no future at the club.
This also doesn’t bode especially well for the future of another highly touted young Villa striker, with 16-year-old Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, who is the fourth youngest player to have appeared in the Premier League, after Matthew Briggs, Izzy Brown and Aaron Lennon.