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Starting tonight against Fulham. Never heard of him before myself but found a nice piece on him by the Birmingham Mail.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-portugal-lowdown-18-year-old-9636558
 

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Niall Mason is no stranger to adventures.

This summer alone he’s surfed in Sri Lanka, trekked in Thailand and hung out in Hong Kong.

That’s just one short path of his incredible journey, though.

The 18-year-old who joined Aston Villa from Southampton this summer has experienced an unusual route into the professional game.

As an eight-year-old kid he rubbed shoulders with David Beckham after being handpicked to train with an elite set of youngsters at Real Madrid's Academy.

He played for Al Sadd juniors when his parents moved over to Qatar and also honed his skills at the Doha-based Evolution Soccer Academy soon after.

Southampton spotted his talent and signed him up but a move to Villa came about as he decided to leave St Mary’s.

Given the history of producing players like Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers, leaving the south coast club was a brave move.

It seems to paying dividends, though, as Mason is here in Portugal and looking to impress at the training camp.

With Fabian Delph set to leave for Manchester City, a spot in the midfield is up for grabs.

Of course the maestro is not yet ready for to replace the England man - he will need further development before he reaches that stage.

Riccardo Calder and Niall Mason in action during Aston Villa's training camp in Faro, Portugal
But the coaching staff at Villa have big hopes for him and will be monitoring his progress closely this term.

Mason, who has an American father and Indian mother, can represent either nation but reckons his international future would lie with England should he ever get selected.

Last term he turned out for the U21s on a number of occasions during a trial period which was highly successful.

For Villa he adopted a more defensive midfield role but in the past he has played in advanced positions and is capable of scoring goals.

Mason’s arrival this summer was rather low profile given his relatively short time in the game.

He does, however, have the potential to make a real name for himself in the future at Villa.

Find out more about Mason in next week’s Birmingham Mail when Gregg Evans meets the new recruit in the Algarve.

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He did OK, was at CM in a 4-2-3-1, nothing special really, but the whole team was crap to be fair.

 

Over hit a few passes and tended to telegraph them a bit I thought, really opening up his body in the direction he was passing, though he did have some nice touches and passes. Maybe with more confidence that sort of stuff will become a little more natural looking.

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9 minutes ago, Woodytom said:

Can't have been that good, we let 2 goals in.

Yep because the team let 2 goals in. This lad must have been utter pants. There simply is no other reason for goals going in.

The happy thoughts have gone, and business resumes as normal.

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