Viljami Sinisalo spent last season on loan at Ayr United – and his form with the Scottish Championship club has given him a taste of first-team football at Aston Villa.

The English Premier League club thumped League Two outfit Barrow 6-0 in Carabao Cup action. Ayr fans may have noticed a familiar face on the bench for Aston Villa, their former number one taking up a spot.

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Carabao Cup: Semi Final

Sinisalo has been given a glimpse into what is required to make it at just 19 years of age. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Sinisalo has signed a new deal with Aston Villa after a good season with Ayr United. Initially brought to ‘The Honest Men’ by Mark Kerr, the Finnish youth international established himself as first choice under both Kerr and his replacement, David Hopkin.

Kerr said of Sinisalo when he initially signed him: ”Villa consider Viljami one of the best of his age, anywhere in Europe. He is extremely highly rated and has been training with the Villa first team for the last year. He has shown us the level of his potential.”

Still only 19, the goalkeeper has been given a taste of what is required to make the grade at a club like Aston Villa. Ayr currently have one point from their opening three Championship matches this season and face Raith Rovers at home this Saturday.

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