Ashley Young has returned to Aston Villa after ten years. The 35-year-old has made a comeback to the Premier League after spending one and a half year at Inter Milan.
The English defender has helped the Nerazzurri to clinch the 19th Serie A title last season after producing one goal and four assists in 26 appearances. And following a brief spell abroad the veteran returned to his old club as a free agent where he joined for the first time back in 2007.
Following an impressive display for the Villans, Young caught Manchester United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s eye and earned a move to Old Trafford in 2011 for €18 million. Since then, he spent almost a decade in Manchester before moving to Italy.
It will be interesting to see how the former England International can cope with the speed of the Premier League at the age of 35. Ashley Young has played the last few seasons as a wing-back despite starting his career as a winger and it will be interesting to see in which position the veteran will play for Dean Smith’s side next season.
Ashley Young returns to Aston Villa:
After returning to Aston Villa, Ashley Young gave an interview to the clubs official TV, the versatile 35-year-old said:
“It feels amazing to be back, it feels like I’ve not left, I’m just delighted to be back, seeing some old faces, being back at the training ground, seeing the facilities and how well they’ve grown. You can see how much the club has evolved since my time and I’m just ready to get down to work now.”
Ashley Young can play on both sides of the wings defensively as well as offensively. And it will certainly give the players much needed rest during busy periods of the season. The 35-year-old will not be able to play 40 games a season, however, he can slot into any positions if required and provide a handy job for Dean Smith.
Bringing in an experienced player like Ashley Young will lift the team’s spirit and will help the young players to develop. The 35-year-old has won Premier League and Europa League with Manchester United. Young also represented England in World Cup 2018 semifinal.