Town snap-up young defender from Premier League side
Highly-rated Aston Villa left-back Lewis Kinsella has joined the Hatters on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old is tipped for a bright future with the Premier League club and has already made a big impression with new Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
Kinsella was drafted into the Villans’ squad this month for the Premier League fixtures against Swansea and Sunderland, as well as the FA Cup win over West Brom which sealed Villa’s place in the semi-finals.
With Scott Griffiths due to undergo a hernia operation, the Town are short of left-backs, and Kinsella fits the bill perfectly.
Manager John Still said: “We are very lucky to have a player of Lewis’ calibre – it speaks volumes that he has been on Villa’s bench for their last two Premier League games.
“With Scott unavailable and needing an operation we are light of players in that area, and with that in mind, we’re delighted to be able to do a deal to bring Lewis to Luton Town.
“He is very highly thought of at Villa Park and he has been training regularly with the first team. He’s a young man but he’s a tough and up-and-at-them defender, and whenever we’ve seen him play we’ve always been massively impressed.”
Kinsella has been a regular for Villa’s youth and development sides since arriving at Villa Park from Arsenal, and helped their Under-19s win the NextGen Series – youth football’s European Cup – in 2013.
Lewis will wear squad number 40 and is expected go straight into the Town team to play Northampton on Saturday.
Welcome to Kenilworth Road Lewis!