What to know about Aston Villa’s young full-back
The FA Cup third round encounter between Aston Villa’s “kids” and Liverpool on Friday night may have ended comfortably enough for the Reds, but pre-match expectations were put on hold for a while. some time.
Young Villans scared their visitors at times and even went to halftime with a 1-1 draw. Despite the eventual score of 4-1, the youngsters at Villa can be extremely proud of their performance against the English champions.
21-year-old left-back Callum Rowe has been given the not-so-light task of keeping Mohamed Salah silent throughout. For the most part, Rowe succeeded in his duty while showing other more menacing qualities, earning a nice assist to equalize Villa. The full-back has done a shift that definitely puts him in the “one for the future” conversation, and here are a few things to know about him.
Rowe secured the assist for Aston Villa as Louie Barry returned home to equalize against Liverpool on Friday night, with what can only be described as a perfectly timed and weighted crossing ball.
The full-back’s passing success rate suggests nothing but a good passer of the ball either, with 85% passing accuracy in Premier League 2 this campaign.
Defending against Salah is no easy task – for anyone. When you are starting out as a senior, in a team full of young people, a spectator could expect the worst. But Rowe defied all odds and handled his task well, keeping the Egyptian quiet in general.
The full-back also has seven steals, three clearances and won 14 duels in just 203 minutes of Premier League 2 football – impressive statistics.
Rowe has been with Aston Villa’s Under-23 squad since the 16/17 campaign and in 2018 won the Premier League Cup trophy.
Rowe and his teammates – including Callum O’Hare and Jacob Ramsey – took the victory over Swansea in the final, which was ultimately decided 3-1 on penalties.
Liverpool’s visit was not the first time Rowe has faced high profile opposition in his career.
The full-back has been a feature for Aston Villa’s Under-23s in the EFL Trophy for the past two seasons. Rowe played every minute of Villa’s two EFL Trophy matches last season, sadly ending up on the losing side twice against Salford and Tranmere.
This season, following his return from injury, Rowe started for the team in their EFL Trophy clash with Carlisle, again ending in loss.
Injuries can often be the loss of a bright future for a young player. However, Rowe came back fitter and stronger after a serious knee injury he suffered in late 2019.
The man from the Villa was kept out of action for 11 months and only returned to form in mid-October – it can be said that it hasn’t slowed him down.
Well we saw it against Liverpool. Calm on the ball, a solid player and certainly able to pick a teammate. All the qualities that allowed Rowe to add versatility as one of his qualities.
The 21-year-old has played as a central midfielder and left midfielder in his career. There is no doubt that he is a left-back at heart – only one of his four assists in his career came when he wasn’t to the left of the four-backs.
Rowe has had a FIFA card since FIFA 20, but he could complain. The full-back is actually listed as a central midfielder of the game, with an overall rating of 52 – ouch.
One bright spot is that he has a potential 65 career mode rating, which gives him a raise of 13. Not bad, but after Friday night’s broadcast FIFA might want to think twice about their ratings. in the next update.