Villa pair will thrive, says Carew

Norwegian striker predicts Agbonlahor and Young 'will get better and better'

John Carew believes his Aston Villa team-mates Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young will cause even more torment to Premier League defences after warning they will "get better and better each season".

Young carried off the PFA Young Player Of The Year award after a dazzling campaign on the left-wing, while Agbonlahor finished runner-up after scoring 13 goals during the current scoring and posing a constant menace with his searing pace.

Carew is confident the pair, who have both forced their way into Fabio Capello's England squad, are capable of moving up to an even higher level as they become more experienced. The Norway international striker said yesterday: "Gabby and Ashley are doing great and they are quite young still.

"They will keep on learning, and get better and better each season. Ashley had a fantastic season last year – his first full one at the club – and this one he has been even better.

"He's just been brilliant for the club, a fantastic signing. Gabby has been the same. He has every quality to become a big player. He just needs to continue working and he will get there. But the pair of them will only improve and they have great futures in the game."

Carew has also been impressed with the contribution of James Milner since his £12m club record switch from Newcastle in August. Milner took time to force his way into the side but has shown the form he demonstrated during a season on loan at Villa three years ago.

Carew said: "James Milner has been great for Villa as well. He has been one of the most important players for the club this season and he has a fantastic attitude and work rate."

The Villa manager, Martin O'Neill, is optimistic Agbonlahor will be fit for Monday's home game with Hull after missing the weekend draw against Bolton with a hamstring injury. But he will leave it until later in the week to assess the fitness of the right-back Luke Young, who was also ruled out of the trip to the Reebok Stadium with a foot problems.

The former Celtic manager said: "We would be hopeful of Gabby being fit. He did a wee bit of training on Monday and a bit more yesterday. With Luke, we will leave to Thursday or maybe Friday and we will monitor it from there."

Luke Young has hailed his fellow Villa full-back Nicky Shorey, who has regained his place in the starting line-up after several months apparently out of favour.

Young admits that he is unsure why England defender Shorey was excluded from the first XI for a four-month period – apart from Uefa Cup games – after the home Premier League game with Middlesbrough in early November. That meant Young switching flanks to fill the left-back role of the former Reading player, who was signed by O'Neill for £5m in August after Wilfred Bouma dislocated his ankle.

But Shorey earned a recall earlier this month after a poor performance by the stand-in right-back Nigel Reo-Coker against Liverpool at Anfield led to Young reverting to his more accustomed role. Young, currently battling to overcome a foot problem, said: "Nicky has been patient. You don't become a bad player overnight and you can see day in and day out that he is a great player. I'm glad he has got his chance now and I hope he stays in now until the end of the season.

"I was asked to play left-back for a good number of games in a row when we have got an England international [Shorey] out of the side. I am not sure the reasons why and the manager makes the decisions and you respect those. All I know is Nicky Shorey is a great left-back and I am sure a lot of teams would want him."

Young, one of Villa's most consistent players this season after moving from Middlesbrough during the summer, is hoping to be back in contention for the Hull match.

Sport
The sun rises over St Andrews golf course, but will it be a new dawn for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club?
sportAnd it's Yes to women (at the R&A)
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
footballToure's lack of defensive work is big problem for City
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week