Official: Talented Villa youngster signs new contract

Aston Villa have confirmed that Filip Marschall has signed a new contract with the club as he continues to impress in his development.

Particularly in recent months, Villa have looked to secure the club’s top prospects with new deals given there is a highly talented crop coming through the ranks.

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As per the club’s statement, Marschall has now joined the list of those to put pen to paper on a new contract, and he’ll now hope to continue to improve and develop either as part of Steven Gerrard’s squad this year or out on loan.

Having played a key role in our FA Youth Cup success in 2021, he enjoyed a positive loan spell at Gateshead last season and was part of the senior squad that travelled to Australia for our pre-season tour this summer.

With Emiliano Martinez and Robin Olsen secure in their roles as first and second choice goalkeeper respectively, and with Jed Steer recovering from injury while Viljami Sinisalo has been loaned out to Burton Albion for the season, there is a possibility that Marschall is given the opportunity to provide depth for us this year.

Time will tell whether or not that’s the best decision for him as made by Gerrard and his coaching staff, but Academy manager Mark Harrison is certainly delighted with the news that Marschall, 19, has committed his future to Villa.

“We are delighted that Fil has signed a new contract,” he said, as per the report above. “He played an important role in our FA Youth Cup run and had a successful loan at Gateshead last season.

“He has also represented England and was part of the squad that travelled to Australia, which shows he thoroughly deserves this new contract. We will all look forward to see how he develops over the next few years.”

As we’ve seen across the first-team squad over the past 12 months, our youngsters are getting chances to impress and the door may be open for Marschall to get a similar opportunity this season as he looks to continue to learn and improve while training alongside the likes of Martinez and Olsen, two experienced and top-level shot-stoppers.

Given the nature of the position, opportunities will be more limited, but Villa will need cover across the season as we look to compete on multiple fronts and so it remains to be seen if the youngster is seen as an option.