Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has hailed his young players who have entertained links to the likes of Aston Villa.

The Arabs drew 2-2 with Motherwell on Wednesday in the Scottish Premiership as Archie Meekison scored his first goal for the club. Other youngsters like Logan Chalmers starred while 16-year-old centre-back Kerr Smith started in defence, amid rumours he may land a £500,000 transfer to Premier League club Aston Villa.

Smith could be set for an Aston Villa move.

Smith could be set for an Aston Villa move. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Mellon was pleased with the youths: “Archie is a terrific little player who has trained with us most of the season – so has Kerr. If they’re talented, we will give them the opportunity to play. It was about giving them an opportunity and I loved their enthusiasm. It was infectious.

“I loved the way they took the ball and played will bravery and quality. He scored an unbelievable goal, little Archie, and it was also a great performance from Logan as well. He’s of an age now where he needs to understand he needs to stand up and come into things. They need to be our next option for moving the team forward.

“I thought young Kerr Smith was also outstanding at the back. How good was he for a 16-year-old?“It was a positive night but disappointing we didn’t close it out. Part of our development going forward has to be seeing those type of games out and getting the result.”

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