Dundee today completed their 11th signing of what has been another busy summer of ins and outs with the arrival of Riccardo Calder.
The Aston Villa youngster was confirmed as a Dark Blues player this afternoon, but he’s a relative unknown to most, unless you’re a regular follower of youth football in England.
So here’s six things to know about the 19-year-old winger:
- His future at Villa Park looks bright, with Tim Sherwood earmarking him for a first-team stint in the not too distant future, according to regional title the Birmingham Mail.
- Despite never making a first-team appearance to date he has been training with the senior boys and has been named on the bench four times, the first of which was Villa’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on December 20, 2014. His other matchday 18 appearances came in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland eight days later, the 1-0 Fa Cup win over Blackpool on January 4, 2015 and a 2-0 victory over West Ham on March 7.
- Calder was a part of Aston Villa’s NextGen Series winning side of 2013. He played as his won 2-0 against Chelsea in the inaugural European youth tournament in Como, Italy.
- The winger, who can also play left-back or in central midfield, has made four England youth appearances to date, all coming at U/17 level, although he does have a claim to represent Jamaica through his family lineage.
- So far this campaign he’s made three showings for Villa’s U/21 outfit, playing a total of 188 minutes. He started the youths 0-0 draw with Stoke before coming on for the final eight minutes of a win over Derby. And his last appearance came on August 24 in a 2-1 win at West Ham, where he played the full 90.
- Birmingham-born Calder wears the squad number 39 at Villa, a club where he has been on the books since the age of 9.