By Adefunmiloye Alani

6th Sep, 2021 | 7:10am

Finley Thorndike joins Aston Villa after West Brom release

English midfielder Finley Thorndike has joined Aston Villa after passing a trial having been released by West Brom in May at the end of his contract.

The 19-year-old featured for the Baggies under-18s and under-23s during his time at the club’s academy, but he was unable to make an appearance for the first-team before being deemed surplus to requirements and let go.

Villa have wasted no time snapping up Thorndike, and as published on their official website, they have signed the former West Brom midfielder after he trained with them during the summer and featured for their Under-23s in both Premier League 2 and the Papa John’s Trophy this season.

Missed trick?

Villa academy manager Mark Harrison dubbed the teenager “an attacking creative midfielder” when he officially joined the club [official website], and the Midland outfit must have seen something West Brom missed.

The Baggies cannot afford to be losing talented players at the moment, and letting Thorndike go could become a decision they end up regretting.

The midfielder played 29 games for his old team’s under-18s, scoring 11 goals and weighing in with one assist.

At under-23 level, he played 16 games, scoring thrice and assisting once, but they still let him go for reasons best known for them.

Thorndike would not have any regrets right now as he is playing very close to his dreams in the top-flight and has joined one of the best youth teams in the land.

Villa boss Dean Smith will be keeping frequent tabs on his side’s under-23s as usual, and should the new kid on the block end up impressing, he could soon be training with the first-team and playing Premier League football sooner rather than later.

West Brom loss could be about to be Villa’s gain.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies ace has picked up a nasty injury on international duty.

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