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Ashley Young: Redux


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Don't care about age as this is a short-term signing. As long as he is better than Elmo and Taylor I am OK with it. Presume the objective would be to fill in until the likes of Kesler and Revan are ready to step-up. We still have Guilbert, Konsa and Hause that can play the fullback positions if needed.

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29 minutes ago, imavillan said:

Not for me. 

He lost all respect when he left for Yanited and then scraped the barrel when we played them.

 

 

 

He's thrown himself to the ground to make sure the Ref is aware of it as most attackers do, but this is foul.

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5 minutes ago, ThunderPower_14 said:

 

He's thrown himself to the ground to make sure the Ref is aware of it as most attackers do, but this is foul.

Yeah made meal of it but it's a foul

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7 hours ago, MessiWillSignForVilla said:

You're massively overestimating how much he'd want. You pulled a £100k/week demand out your arse on the last page (£5m in wages), he's on £50k/week at Inter according to Corriere dello Sport, why would a player winding down his career expect double his wages(18 months after more than halving his wages to move to Inter), and then want a further £10m in Agent/Signing on Fees? Seems to me like he'd be asking for between £25k-£35k per week, which is nothing in the Premier League these days, especially when the alternative is likely to be spend £10m+ on a new LB on similar, if not higher, wages.

I’m obviously pulling these figures out of thin air.  I have no inside information. I sensationalised them to make a point.

Just like you are now pulling figures out of thin air to make your argument. Or did you just DM him on Twitter and ask him what he would want?

And If you look at my previous post, I already said that if it’s a free, and for around £20k a week, then yes.  So even £25k or £30k Id be fine with.

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Every footballer is different, some can stay at a high level of fitness and performance longer than others. Cristian Ronaldo isn't as good as he was as he's only scoring 30+ goals a season now. Giggs & Scholes played big parts for united well into their 30s. 

Young has played regular first team football for the Serie A champions and in Champions League. I 100% believe he would be an improvement on Elmo / Taylor which are the players he would be replacing in the Squad. We had 4 fullbacks Elmo, Cash, Targett, Taylor. This season we could have Young, Cash, Targett and Guilbert. I'd say that's an improvement of the squad. I'd even take Young on 1 year deal with an option for another one triggered by 10+ appearances. 

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7 hours ago, Johnnyp said:

Great pro. Not for me though, at this point in his career. We can't do sentiment. Have to be cold and ruthless. Buendia is the type of signing we are/should be making now. Right are profile and room for improvement. Talk of Young been " good for the dressing room " is silly bollocks talk and id be worried if that was a factor if we decided to go for him.

Never underestimate the benefit of having an experienced, serial winner in the dressing room. Many top pros consistently refer to this winning mentality enhancing a squad - especially with such a young squad. 

Clever signing if it is a goer, imo. 

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Let's leave the memories where they are and in tact.

The dive was a disgrace but I still have great memories of him. Do I want to see a 35 year old Ashley Young get rinsed by some journeymen on the occasion he does play.

Not really.

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3 minutes ago, eholm said:

Never underestimate the benefit of having an experienced, serial winner in the dressing room. Many top pros consistently refer to this winning mentality enhancing a squad - especially with such a young squad. 

Clever signing if it is a goer, imo. 

Yeah, chap with a winning mentality called John Terry was a good signing despite being a bit old I seem to remember. I'm not averse to this if the club think he's the best they can get in that position.

Must admit like others I'm a bit skeptical of the link though. Just doesn't seem like the sort of transfer we'd go for under our new transfer philosophy.

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He was an absolute assist machine in the 3 years we had him, I believe only Fabregas had more assists than him during that period.

I have really fond memories of him and he was by far my favourite player in that era. And as someone else mentioned - our best player in between Yorke and Grealish timeline.

having said that, he's not going to be the same player that left us. I mean someone along the way decided to switch him to LB rather than LW.

I'd rather keep the fond memories of him rather than see fans expecting too much from a 36 year old, don't want that tarnished.

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No brainer to bring in a model professional, a serial winner who has a soft spot for us to provide cover in lots of positions and to help guide the rest of this very young squad with their ongoing development.

Could be as simple as a one year deal or a potential future coaching role depending on what he wants to do. 

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Well it certainly seems like a 'smart' signing which would fit the narrative that has come out of Villa Park recently.

As I said last season the owners won't be spending the TV money every season. They're businessmen who expect returns on their investment. 

Ashley Young still producing the goods at his age and would bring in the winning mentality and arrogance which I feel we lack sometimes. 

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4 minutes ago, Sulberto21 said:

Well it certainly seems like a 'smart' signing which would fit the narrative that has come out of Villa Park recently.

As I said last season the owners won't be spending the TV money every season. They're businessmen who expect returns on their investment. 

Ashley Young still producing the goods at his age and would bring in the winning mentality and arrogance which I feel we lack sometimes. 

I agree. Not sure what we will spend or not spend. But whatever we have available would remain untouched. Guilbert, Young and Buendia will replace Taylor, Elmo and Barkley. Then we can spend whatever we have left to actually strengthen. 

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He's 2 years older than Elmo who we have just let go.  Our strategy is to invest in young players who will grow in value. 

It aintent going to happen. 

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Always got the impression that Elmo was preferred to Guilbert last year due to the lack of senior professionals in the squad. I think this could be a very smart move - realistically he'll be back up to Targett so unlikely to play much, but if we are interested then I'm sure it's in large part due to what he can bring off the pitch as well. I trust in the powers that be, and can fully see the logic behind this one.

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he's surely an upgrade on elmo and taylor. better than bringing in a younger FB that is expecting to play games. young will be happy sat on the bench earning his ££

i think he's a sensible signing personally

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