BURTON Albion have signed Aston Villa forward Indiana Vassilev on loan until the end of the 2020/21 season, subject to league approval.
He becomes Jake Buxton's second loan signing of the day, following the arrival of midfielder Jack Roles from Tottenham Hotspur earlier today.
Vassilev, who was born in the state of Georgia, has represented the United States at U17, U18 and U20 level while plying his trade for Villa's U23 side, for whom he scored six goals last season.
The 19-year-old became the second-youngest American to play in the Premier League earlier this year, making his top-flight debut for the Villans in a 1-1 draw away at Brighton and Hove Albion, making four league appearances for the senior side by season's end, including games against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Vassilev also featured in Villa's run to the Carabao Cup final - making an appearance against Leicester City in the semi-finals.
Manager Jake Buxton is delighted to sign Indiana for the season, and believes he is a player who the fans will enjoy watching.
"Indiana is a direct player who got game time last year with Aston Villa's first-team," said Buxton.
"He played in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and also got games in Project Restart, so he should be up to speed.
"He's an exciting player who I'm sure the fans will like."
Vassilev is clearly keen to get going in a Burton Albion shirt and give all he can for the cause.
"I’m super happy to sign for Burton Albion and to give all I can for the club," Vassilev told burtonalbionfc.co.uk. "I’m really excited about this opportunity.
"I’m a player who’ll work hard for the team and look to create for the team. I'll do whatever the team needs - I’ll be the handyman!
"I’ve had a lot of good experience with the Aston Villa first team but we decided it’s time to test myself in another league."
Pictures kind courtesy of Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC.