Villa starlet sets sights high
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Isaiah Osbourne says he is ready to become Aston Villa's own Patrick Vieira.
The 18-year-old made his debut in the weekend's Premiership clash with Fulham having been promoted from the reserves by new boss Martin O'Neill.
"I want to be top of the tops and be the next Patrick Vieira," remarked the youngster.
"I want to be the next Vieira for Aston Villa. He is a legend. Hopefully I can get there very soon.
"I had hoped to have been more involved last season but that chance didn't come. Now I am looking to show the gaffer what I can do.
"It's taken a while for me to make an impression but I'm glad to have done so at last."
O'Neill is hopeful Osbourne has a bright future ahead of him.
"Isaiah has done very well indeed. His hero is Patrick Vieira - not a bad one to aspire to!
"I like him. He's really decent. He's learning his trade here and he is a good lad too. His whole approach to the game is refreshing.
"He's got good natural ability which is encouraging.
"It is very early for him but just keep an eye out for him. I think he can do a bit.
"Hopefully they are not famous last words and over the course of the next couple of seasons, I think there could be a player there."