Aston Villa make Matthew Lowton signing from Sheffield United



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Lowton (pictured), who began his career at Leeds United, started for Sheffield United in their League One play-off final defeat last season


Young Sheffield United full-back Matthew Lowton has completed a move to Premier League club Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year old, who plays primarily at right-back, has agreed a four-year deal at Villa Park and becomes new manager Paul Lambert's second summer signing following the arrival of midfielder Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord last week. He is expected to compete for a place in the starting eleven with current players Alan Hutton and Eric Lichaj.

Lowton said to the club's official website about his long-awaited move to the top-flight: "It's an excellent opportunity. The Premier League is where I want to be. When I found out that there was an offer I was very flattered and excited by it all. I'll be keeping my eye out for Sheffield United results and I'll be coming to some games next season when I get the chance to. I wish them all the best and hopefully they'll get promoted without me."

Lambert is confident that Lowton will continue to develop in the top-flight but is keen to keep the pressure off the youngster saying: "He's a good player already and he's only young so he has the potential to be a really good player for us. He's hungry to succeed and to go further in the game, both of which are attributes that we want at this football club and that we are looking for. We won't put any pressure on him, we just want him to go out and enjoy playing. What he's done so far at Sheffield United has been great so hopefully we can progress him a bit and he'll do very well for us."

The 5ft 11 inch Chesterfield born defender, who progressed through the academy at Sheffield United, racked up 91 senior appearances for the Blades after making his debut in the first-team in March 2010 against Cardiff City taking six months to score his first senior goal. He was relegated with the Bramall Lane club from the Championship two years ago. In 2011-12, Lowton netted six times and provided a further five assists in 44 league appearances for Danny Wilson's men on their way to finishing third place in the third tier.

The youngster had a stint with Ferencvaros in 2009 and had two years remaining on his contract with the South Yorkshire side, who were beaten in last season's League One play-off final by Huddersfield Town on penalties at Wembley Stadium. He had been linked with a move to the Midlands for several weeks before finally signing on the dotted line with the fee set to rise depending on the number of appearances he makes.


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