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Ashley Young: Redux


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3 minutes ago, DCJonah said:

Well happy with this  

How can you not be?

Look at what he's achieved, having that around can only be a good thing. He's also a massive upgrade and is returning to us. 

Brilliant.

I can't think of one single negative.

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I'm not sure why people are worried about his age, it's just a number. This isn't Logan's Run, some of the absolute top players in the world are the wrong side of 30. If he can play Champions League football and win Serie A at Inter Milan, he can play a role for us.

I don't think Purslow is gonna sign him to a long term deal. As an experienced backup for a season or two, he's perfect.

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2 minutes ago, dudevillaisnice said:

Percy states it’s close, therefore welcome back Ash.

Back post Percy 

Quite happy with this to be fair. Will be good experience and a good pro. Plus, was my favourite player back in the day! Still got a shirt with his name on somewhere, in fact. Think it’s the Acorns shirt 😍 not sure it’ll still fit though 🤣

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If the club think it is a good idea, then I am happy with it. They have done well so far.

I guess he must be happy to be back up. Would probably get some time on the pitch as he can cover a number of positions.

Hard to forget that dive against us. Just goes to show, be careful what you do on the way up, you might have to face the same fans on your way back down. 

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Of all the players who left us, I must say Young would have been up there with the most unlikely to come back.

Wages are the key for me, what’s he asking for / expecting, that determines whether or not this is a good move for us.

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3 minutes ago, bannedfromHandV said:

Of all the players who left us, I must say Young would have been up there with the most unlikely to come back.

Wages are the key for me, what’s he asking for / expecting, that determines whether or not this is a good move for us.

I agree on the wages, but they'd have to be astronimical to put us off, especially if it's a 1 year deal, when you factor in how much more expensive it would be to sign any other left back cover on lower wages if they weren't on a free. The transfer fees alone would almost always make Youngs wages a more attractive proposition.

Plus we seem to be sensibly ran now so I doubt our owners would put him on dispropirationate wages to those he'd be in competition with, or behind in the pecking order.

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I doubt he'd be on more than Elmo and Taylor combined, which is essentially what he'll be replacing, while being better than both. Sounds like a net positive for us, financially even. Sounds more and more sensible the more you think about it. 

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Another example of hearing about it as being possible one minute and then getting it (as good as) done the next.

I LOVE the way we are being run, but even more so, I love the experts who have been stating with absolutely certainty it ain't happening because he doesn't fit the policy.

What's that? Ahh yes, it's the sound of the rule book being torn up!

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He's versatile which is ideal from the bench. I think some of the people against this forget that we're allowed to make subs / pick different starting XI's during the season. 

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1 hour ago, JAMAICAN-VILLAN said:

Comparing Ashley young to Elmo, is borderline disrespectful to be honest. lol

Villa was/is the high point of Elmos career.

Villa was the mid level/point of Youngs career.

Also totally different players.

Played his best football for us though.  He was absolute fire that 08/09 season.

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Seems like this is actually happening then, rather than being a hypothetical.

I'm pleased with this. He's an excellent player with a lot of pedigree and if handled correctly (i.e. not given a long term contract) I think this sort of signing can work really well. And unlike under previous regimes, I'm confident that we have done the financial due dilligence that means he won't become a millstone around our neck.

Hopefully Targett and Cash can learn a thing or two from him on the pitch and in the dressing room too, and become even better than they currently are.

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Just now, skarroki said:

He's versatile which is ideal from the bench. I think some of the people against this forget that we're allowed to make subs / pick different starting XI's during the season. 

Exactly.

They are solving our biggest weakness from last year.

Imagine supporting a club that shares the same concerns you have and then sorts them out, one by one, properly.

I can't remember Villa ever being this efficient and I've been following 'em for forty years!

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Blimey, pleasantly surprised by this one. Seems a very handy bridge signing before younger options bulk out. I'm curious as to what he has been told to expect in terms of game time though

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