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Ashley Young: Redux


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Interested to hear Dean’s thoughts on this… how he seems him contributing.

I’ll try to refrain from commenting further as this seems to appeal to the vast majority on here and I don’t want to upset anyone. No offence intended to anyone, just my view.

I’ll be happy to be proven wrong but I don’t have any positive feelings towards this one…

Looking forward to much better signings…

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43 minutes ago, Supervillan78 said:

After the euphoria of the Buendia signing this is just so underwhelming. Really not convinced.

I don't think anyone is. Some have done a better job of putting on a brave face than others.

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10 hours ago, Tommo_b said:

Actually did not realise so many’s fans do not like Young.

He was such a great player for us, and I’ve no idea where the judgements about his personality have come from, so for me it’s baffling how you could not have anything but fond memories. 

What is written on VT generally has no relationship to what the majority of the fanbase actually say/feel/do. 

I've gone to Villa Park many times fearing what the atmosphere will be like / reception for certain individuals from reading multiple comments on here, but then Villa Park is utterly fine with it. 

I think it's a mixture of dicks and keyboard warriors attaching themselves to the site. 

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1 minute ago, BOF said:

Fun fact. If Ashley Young comes back and scores a goal next season he'll break the record for longest gap between goals for a Villa player. His last goal for the club was in the 2010/2011 season so that'll be 10 seasons between goals.

The current record seems to be 9 seasons, held by Steve Hunt who scored a goal in the 1975/76 season (2-2 v West Ham 17/04/76) before heading off to New York, Coventry & West Brom, eventually coming back to score his 2nd goal for the club in the 1985/86 season (2-2 v Newcastle). He eventually scored 9 in total.

Can't believe Scott Hogan didn't get a mention in your post.

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7 minutes ago, hippo said:

I don't think anyone is. Some have done a better job of putting on a brave face than others.

I don’t think there’s much to be convinced about either way. 1 year deal, free transfer, can provide cover in a variety of positions. It’s a no lose situation really. 
 

I’m not euphoric in the way I was with the Buendia signing, but I’m certainly not underwhelmed or disappointed where we’re using pragmatic, short term solutions to add experience and fill gaps. 

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There's nothing to lose with this deal, as we aren't signing him because we're desperate for what he can contribute on the pitch, we've got plenty of wingers, it's not as if we're signing him as an alternative to some £25m winger, he being brought in purely for his experience, I think he'll surprise a few people with how good he still is, it's not for nothing that we're signing him, Burnley tried to sign him, or that Inter Milan offered him a new deal, but if it doesn't work out on the pitch for him, it doesn't really matter, as we will still have plenty of other options...

'It's not as if we're signing him as an alternative to some £25m winger,' or in other words it's not as if we didn't sign Young we'd then go and rush out and by another winger instead.

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16 minutes ago, Jas10 said:

Yeah, I’m sure he’s going to be a backup winger or to come on late in games. Wonder why he wants to sign… I assume he will be getting a decent wage especially if it’s just a 1 year deal…

Most of our players have at least 2 years of PL experience now. In Terry, we have ample experience, inspiration and guidance at the club in a way that he can relate to current players. I just don’t see the need.

I can’t imagine he’s going to play at fullback or do well there, he’s not defensively strong or adept and I would be concerned to see him line up there against the opposition in this league…

Has ever played at fullback? And even if he has, I doubt he’s been put under a massive amount of pressure due to the clubs he’s been playing for who have the majority of possession in nearly all games. Played as an attacking LWB at Inter.

I seem to remember him playing left back at Utd and I am sure he was playing there for England in the 2018 World Cup!

He has just played 44 games for Inter - the Italian League Champions - and scored 5 goals.  They wanted to extend his contract by a year but we have him for that year and an option for a second year.  He looks in pretty good shape as well ... I bet he doesn't drink coca cola!😉

What a signing as back up and I see him as a much better option of the bench than Trez or AEG.  I think this is a really smart piece of business and can't wait to see what he brings.  Plus, if we can get JWP in, he'll be licking his lips at the thought of Youngy and Jack winning free kicks!

I'd imagine the kids will be buzzing to see this experience and winning mentality walking through the door - most of the U-18's probably didn't realise that he used to play for us!😉

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5 minutes ago, sidcow said:

What is written on VT generally has no relationship to what the majority of the fanbase actually say/feel/do. 

I've gone to Villa Park many times fearing what the atmosphere will be like / reception for certain individuals from reading multiple comments on here, but then Villa Park is utterly fine with it. 

I think it's a mixture of dicks and keyboard warriors attaching themselves to the site. 

How very, very dare you. To suggest that members of this esteemed electronic community are not fully aligned with the greater fan base cuts me to the core. Furthermore the suggestion that people here may be warriors of the keyboard and the keyboard only, is a slight on us all. You Sir are a bounder and I challenge you to a duel to the death. See you on the steps of The Holte in 10 minutes!!

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3 minutes ago, osmark86 said:

Why are people so worried about this? He played 30+ games last season, won the league, is highly versatile and is on a free. Like what's the worry lads?

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I don't really understand it.

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect everyone to automatically like it. BUt all this talk of being underwhelmed is a bit baffling.

 

If he was being signed as our big summer signing or a first choice player I'd be the same. I'd be incredibly underwhelmed. But he obviously isn't.

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I think a lot of people are underestimating his experience. 

We want to get to that top 4 position. Well how many people at our club know what it take? John Terry is really the only one. I think bringing in someone who has achieved everything he has will have a real impact on the dressing room. 

This guy knows what the standards are like at United and Inter. I'm sure part of this deal is to help us in that way also.

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One of my favourite ever Villa players so I'd love to see him back. Genuinely can't wait to see him cut inside and deliver one of those delicious crosses again. 

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6 minutes ago, DaveAV1 said:

How very, very dare you. To suggest that members of this esteemed electronic community are not fully aligned with the greater fan base cuts me to the core. Furthermore the suggestion that people here may be warriors of the keyboard and the keyboard only, is a slight on us all. You Sir are a bounder and I challenge you to a duel to the death. See you on the steps of The Holte in 10 minutes!!

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3 minutes ago, DCJonah said:

I think a lot of people are underestimating his experience. 

We want to get to that top 4 position. Well how many people at our club know what it take? John Terry is really the only one. I think bringing in someone who has achieved everything he has will have a real impact on the dressing room. 

This guy knows what the standards are like at United and Inter. I'm sure part of this deal is to help us in that way also.

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