Marc Albrighton wants to stand up and be counted for Aston Villa, with the winger reveals he is ready to take on more responsibility after a successful season....and following the departure of England winger Ashley Young to Manchester United.
"It's been a bit strange for me because I've gone from strength to strength and I've enjoyed every minute of it," Albrighton said. "I felt like throughout the season I got better, which was great.
"There have been some bad times because collectively we didn't have the best of seasons, and there were some disappointing results and games that we should have won, so on that note, it has not been great.
"There was a stage when we realised it was going to be a poor season and the aim was to see it out, build for next season and hope it will be better. But on a personal level it's been brilliant and I hope to keep going and pushing on."
Albrighton has made 34 appearances for Villa after moving up from the club’s youth academy in 2009, and the 21-year-old is also building up some international experience, amassing eight call-ups for the England Under 21s side.
The youngster says that he owes his call ups to one-time caretaker Villa manager Kevin MacDonald, who gave Albrighton a chance to show his talent on the big stage.
"Playing so much is a great feeling and I have to thank Kev for giving me my chance," Albrighton said.
"Who knows what would have happened if Martin O'Neill hadn't left before the season started. I might not have played at all.
"I still don't know my best position because I swap wings a lot. It's quite handy if you can play on the left and cut inside and have a shot on your stronger foot. But I enjoy playing whether it's on the right or the left.
"I just have to focus on improving and playing well. Next season will be big for the club and for me."
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