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Exclusive Feature: Bowery - I always wanted to join Villa

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Exclusive Feature: Bowery - I always wanted to join Villa


He has been a Villa player for just eight months and his appearances are barely into double figures.

But Jordan Bowery would happily spend the remainder of his playing days in claret and blue.

"I would love to be here as long as possible," he says. "I would happily stay here for the rest of my career. This is a massive club with great history and I've always said that if I could play for a Premier League club it would be Aston Villa.

"It's not far from where I live - and what a club it is, with all that tradition. And the way the manager is thinking, bringing through so many young players, I couldn't ask for a better club to be at."

The 21-year-old striker was described by Paul Lambert as "one for the future" when he arrived from Chesterfield on transfer deadline day in August, and admits he was star-struck when he sat next to Darren Bent on his first day in training.

And he admits he is more than a little surprised to have been increasingly involved in Villa's quest for Barclay Premier League points over the past few weeks.

"I always take things step by step," insists the 6ft 2in marksman.

"When I joined Villa, the Chesterfield manager told me I would be in the development squad and that's what I was expecting.

"But from my first day I was training with the first team and I was really buzzing. It was a massive surprise to me. To jump from League Two to the Premier League was incredible.

"It's the same game in any league but at this level there are more technical, smarter players, and you have to adapt to that. I'm learning from everyone around me - Gabby, Benty, Charles, all of them.

"Christian has done amazingly well, too. He's only 22 but he has been outstanding for us.

"Now I'm just waiting to score my first goal for Villa. It will come, but for now I'm just happy to be making these appearances. Every footballer wants to play in the Premier League, and that's what I'm doing."

Bowery was always destined to be a striker.

His dad Bert was Brian Clough's first signing for Nottingham Forest in 1975, and although Bert only made a handful of appearances for the City Ground club, he was a prolific marksman is non-league football and also played in America.

"That was how I ended up in this position," says Jordan.

"When I was younger my dad always went over to the park to play football with me, and he still talks to me about football every day. He encourages me and wants to help me."

Having been on the books of another of Clough's clubs - Derby County - until the age of 16, Jordan was released from Pride Park and joined Chesterfield, where his career started to take off.

"I really enjoyed it there," he says.

"I got on with everyone - the players, the staff and the fans. It was a great time. I made my debut when I was 17, although I didn't have many starts up to when I was 19. But then someone got injured and I stepped in and scored two goals. From then I just kicked on."


Last season Bowery scored 12 goals in 48 league and cup games for the Spireites, and was also on target in a 1-1 draw against Rotherham United in August, six days before his move to Villa Park.

Ironically, he might easily have played AGAINST Villa just a couple of days before transfer deadline day.

On the Wednesday of that week, Paul Lambert's men had a Capital One Cup-tie against Tranmere Rovers - who had knocked out Chesterfield in the first round.

"I didn't think too much about that at the time because it all happened so quickly," he admits.

"But it was strange in pre-season, when Villa played a friendly at Forest. I put a picture of my ticket on Twitter and said I was going to the game. People have asked me since if I knew then that I was coming to Villa, but I had no idea. I just wanted to watch Forest playing a Premier League team."

The notion of being involved with a top flight side must have seemed a little less appealing when Bowery made his first three Villa appearances.

He went on as a late sub in the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, the 8-0 drubbing at Chelsea and the 3-0 home setback by Wigan Athletic.

He doesn't see it that way, though.

"I was gutted to be going on in situations like that, but making my debut against Man City was still special, and it was really about getting game time and adjusting to the Premier League. It was all good experience."

His full debut arrived in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Ipswich Town in January and he has since impressed when starting the games against West Ham, Stoke City and Fulham.

"It was great to make my first Premier League start, particularly as it was at Villa Park and we won, so I couldn't have been happier.

"Playing against Stoke was a big game for me as well. I think I got put in because the gaffer felt my height would help against a physical team like that. We won that one as well, and it was good that the manager had faith in me for the Fulham game the following week."

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By @AVFCOfficial 2nd May 2013
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