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Ashley Young: Redux


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I'm okay with this, I think we need a few more experienced heads in and around the squad.  He's versatile and offers a little bit of depth in more than one area if needed. Probably a smart move, especially with the view that he'll be replaced with one of the youth players stepping up to the squad 12 months from now. 

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9 minutes ago, Wainy316 said:

So many miserable gits.  I'm really chuffed with this as both a squad option and the nostalgia factor.

Indeed.

Was one of my favourite players in my early days of supporting Villa. I'm loving this!

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I'm really chuffed at this. I only have fond memories of him and he's still playing at a high level. Don't underestimate the influence of someone who has played for top clubs and won a lot on what is still a very young squad.

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8 hours ago, Wurzel said:

Personally I don't see a point to this, he may be free but his wage demands will be pretty high I presume. I also presume he would want to play at his age and would not be happy to just sit on the bench. I would have thought if experience is what we needed then a better option would have been to keep Elmo, or Neil Taylor who have been part of the club setup very recently. It doesn't fit with what has been our transfer strategy. If it happens then OK, I trust Dean and the team but I'm not sure it will happen.

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15 minutes ago, Wainy316 said:

So many miserable gits.  I'm really chuffed with this as both a squad option and the nostalgia factor.

You'd think we just resigned Marlon Harewood for 12 mill, at 200k per week on a 6 year deal. lol

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He's one of those players that will probably still be very good going into his late thirties, anyone who watched Inter Milan last season will tell you that he doesn't play like a typical 35 year old, the way he moved around the pitch you'd think he was still in his twenties, that's why they wanted to keep him.

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I'm not worried about this, but I'm not enthused either. I accept he covers several positions, and as there is a year or two gap before our youth are properly settled in, he'll add some depth.
I don't see him starting that often, unless the shit hits the fan. So... alright.

It doesn't cost us much and if it means we can go to town on another target, cool.
A million years ago, Ashley Young was fantastic player for us and left as our ambition did. I have no beef with him as a player or person at all.

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1 minute ago, macandally said:

Seems to go against the clubs buying policy, but Deano has earnt the right to continue his re-building job!

Fair to adjust this to “seems to go against what some people thought the clubs buying policy is”?

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Oldest member of the squad by seven years. 

We were the youngest squad in the PL last year and just released our 3 oldest squad players. Don't see how this is a bad move considering we are currently lacking quite the experience. 

Plus he just won the Scudetto

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to be honest, i think its a really shrewd bit of business.

A good utility player, who can play in multiple positions, could start the odd game, or offer a threat off the bench where he can put more energy in to a final 20-30 minutes.

It also gives us another year to develop our younger players, while not costing us anything other than wages and a signing on fee, it also means we have more money to spend elsewhere on key positions.

He has clearly looked after himself and seems to play more like a 30 year old than a 35 year old, and if it doesnt work out we havent really lost anything long term, if it does it will be a great piece of business.

Overall i cant really see a negative to this, also i dont see this going against our buying policies at all, for all the reasons above, it means we actually have more money to spend on youth/development players, and also allows our current youth to develop knowing there isnt a 25 year old on a 5 year contract ahead of them, he also offers high levels of experience etc, i think its a clever signing tbh.

 

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Not particularly happy about this as I can’t stand him and will never forgive him for diving against us to win a penalty. Don’t begrudge his original move to Man Utd (who could) but just don’t like him.

That being said, emotion aside, it does make perfect sense as a back up and some senior experience around the club. He’s kinda done it all. 
 

Ultimately a shrewd move. Hope he can excel when called upon. Think fans need to calm down a bit about this “not in keeping” with our transfer policy. We can’t only sign £30m youngsters. Elmo and Taylor have been called upon for two years and they’re in their 30s - so this remains within the policy of having experienced back up to call upon. I’d rather have old but talented people happy to sit on the bench rather than young not-quality-enough-to-start-and-never-will-be players. 
 

But I’m still glad a bird shat in his mouth. 

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