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Aston Villa Complete Ashley Young Signing and Why it Works

Ashley Young Returns to Villa

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Ashley Young, who returns to Villa on a free transfer after leaving the club a decade ago.

Villa are thought to have beaten off the interest of both Burnley and Watford

Young first joined Villa in 2007 for a sum that rose to just under £10m after add-ons, where he enjoyed a successful spell, breaking into the England team and winning the admiration of Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed him for a reported £17m.

There’s no doubt Young was one of Villa’s best players in the last couple of decades, so it’ll be a welcome move for Villa supporters, despite the fact he’ll be 36-years-old by the time the season kicks off.

Age Concern?

Young recently won the title with Inter Milan with 34 appearances (26 league starts) suggesting he still has a lot to offer Villa. A good sign is Inter were more than happy to have his services for another season, but the player wished to return to the UK for family reasons.

It is expected that Young will be a handy short-term fix for a number of positions for Villa. Firstly, with Trezeguet out for at least the opening few months of the season, he’ll have the potential to play on the wing for Villa. Despite his transition to a full-back at United, he played all but one game last season on the wing or at wing-back for Inter.

He’ll also no doubt potentially be a back-up to both Matt Targett and Matty Cash at full-back too, if needed.

With the Euros stretched over a month, it’s perhaps not the easiest market to traverse in terms of getting bodies in a timely fashion, so Young could be a shrewd utility player buy, when you consider his set piece delivery, on top of his vast top level winning experience.

The Euros have offered up several examples of players still going strong at 35-years and over, so there should be no concerns with his fitness and ability.

When you look at Young’s recent league appearance record, he’s actually been playing more recently than when at his supposed peak at United. Over his first full eight seasons at Old Trafford he averaged 22.5 league games. During his last four seasons of football at both United and Inter, he’s averaged 29 league games a season.

A potentially decent move for Villa that adds extra intrigue to next season.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. So. Josh Feeney, of Fleetwood Town, the England under 16 captain, has been spending time at Bodymoor Heath in the last two days. ManUre were favourites to sign him, but his representatives have now informed Aston Villa that Villa is his favoured destination. Feeney is represented by CAA Base agency. Who, surprise surprise, also represent Ashley Young. Make of that what you will…

  2. my 1st thought when signing Young might sign was why sign a 36 year old but he’s signing on a free and with his experience he will help blend some of the youngsters in so why not !

  3. I’m underwhelmed. Thirty-six when the season starts. If we need short-term cover for the twelve month contract we’ve handed over, I’d rather we kept Elmo, and gave our academy players some first team experience. And this is the guy who wouldn’t renew his contract with us so he could join ManUre. Then stormed out of training at ManUre to force a move to Inter. Then recently said he would walk back from Italy to rejoin Watford, a club he still loved (but they didn’t want him). So I’ll ignore any pledges of love to us in his upcoming interviews

  4. We need a defensive central midfielder, we should sign, not loan, Axel Tuanzebe, IMO he would be more than capable of filling that role and being our midfield enforcer. What a buy he would be, a Villa fans favourite too. Should have been part of the keeper deal going the other way.

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