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Aston Villa striker Louie Barry rankings for England Underneath 17s following £3m transfer from Barcelona

Aston Villa striker Louie Barry on the scoresheet for England Under 17s as he hits form following his £3m January move from Barcelona

  • Louie Barry scored once again for England U17s as they beat Ukraine on Monday 
  • The Aston Villa forward sparked a comeback win against Russia on Saturday 
  • Barry joined Villa from Barcelona in January six months after leaving West Brom 

Aston Villa‘s £3million signing from Barcelona Louie Barry was on the scoresheet again as England U17s beat Ukraine 4-0 on Monday.

Barry, who had come off the bench to spark a 4-2 comeback win over Russia on Saturday, continued his vein of form with a close range effort to open the scoring and set up the second for Everton’s Lewis Dobbin.

Kevin Betsy’s young side then ran out comfortable winners at the Municipal Stadium of Marbella, with Dobbin making it 3-0 before West Ham’s Amadou Diallo rounded off the scoring in a resounding win.

Louie Barry was on the scoresheet once again for England U17s against Ukraine on Monday

Louie Barry was on the scoresheet once again for England U17s against Ukraine on Monday

News of Barry’s form will be welcomed at Villa, who splashed out £1million on him last month, luring the 16-year-old away from Barcelona just six months after he had joined the Catalan giants from West Brom.

Birmingham-born Barry had been with Albion since he was six but turned down the offer of a professional contract with the Championship club.

Boss Dean Smith has already hailed Villa fan Barry as ‘a bright young kid’ with ‘an awful lot of potential’.

But while Smith also claimed Barry ‘is an academy signing, first and foremost’, the youngster has made it clear he plans on fighting for the first team.

Speaking to Birmingham Live, he added: ‘What I want to do first at Villa is play really well and go up the ranks.

‘My main ambition is to be in the first team by the end of the season. Dean Smith was excited for me to come in. I have spoken to all of the first-team players.’

West Brom were scheduled to receive £235,000 in compensation for Barry from Barcelona but that money has never been paid despite the club urging Fifa to act.

Dean Smith expressed his high hopes for the forward who hopes to fight for a first-team spot

Dean Smith expressed his high hopes for the forward who hopes to fight for a first-team spot

 


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