TalkSport claim that Villa’s much sought after England international, Ashley Young, will complete a move to Premier League Champions Manchester United ‘within days’ snubbing a switch to Liverpool in the process.The 25-year-old is widely expected to leave the club this summer and it appears a deal could come into fruition sooner rather than later with United set to pounce with a £15m offer. As you are well aware the winger-cum-forward has refused to discuss a new deal with Villa until the season is over, with most reading between the lines to suggest that he is looking for a move as his contract expires in 2012.
This situation has meant that he is supposedly available for a cut price deal as Villa look to cash in on their prized asset, who no doubt would demand a fee in the £20m’s if his contract were longer. The news will come as a disappointment to fans and board members alike, who would have been hoping to cash in more of a profit on Young having signed him from Watford for just under £10m in 2007.
In his first full season at Villa Park he wowed Premier League crowds to pick up the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, form which, in my opinion, he has not quite emulated since. Though it would be good to see him stay at the club the general consensus seems to be that he is replaceable, and at the right price, is an asset we can afford to lose.
Despite some indifferent form this term which saw him overshadowed by the likes of Marc Albrighton and Stewart Downing for the most part, Young’s stats are still indicative to the role he plays at the club and if he leaves, as expected, he will be a real loss. In 34 league games this season he is the clubs joint second top scorer with 7, but has weighed in with the most assists, 10 according to Opta. He also has a team high of 2.1 shots per game and 2.29 key passes per game. On average he attempts 2 crosses, 2 long balls and 1 through ball per match, though his pass success rate is not great at 72%.
Personally, I feel he has been a great servant in his time at the club and was a real burst of energy when needed. Many Villa fans grew frustrated of traits he picked up such as his ability to stay on the floor for long periods, but since joining the club he has consistently been among the sides top performers in my opinion and deserves a shot at European futbol. I would however suggest that for £15m, he is replaceable and their are players out there who are just as good, if not better, for that fee. Either way I wish him all the best if he moves on. A Villa great of recent times.
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