A short time ago this evening, Aston Villa confirmed our second capture of the summer, and following on from the speculation this week suggesting that former winger Ashley Young would be returning home, he’s now back.
I'M BACK 💙💜 pic.twitter.com/hBJJUnFXGp
— Ashley Young (@youngy18) June 17, 2021
Ten years on from his departure for Manchester United, now 35-year-old Ash returns to us with a wealth of experience and good success in the game, including his most recent medal addition, the Italian Serie A title following a spell with Inter Milan.
With plenty of Premier League games under his belt, European football and his 39 caps for England, the fact he’s now far more versatile and can cover a number of positions, it can only be a boost to us as we go into 2021/22 looking for further tangible improvement once again.
Speaking to the Official Site, head coach Dean Smith was clearly delighted with our latest capture, saying.
“Ashley brings with him a wealth of experience of top-level football both at club and international level and he is joining having just won a league championship in Italy. He is a player who can play in a number of positions and, having spoken to him at length, I know he is determined to make a real impact with us this season.”
Vital Villa’s Ashley Young Forum Thread
Having penned a 12 month deal with us (with speculation saying there is a 12 month option), Young himself explained.
“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.”
“When I heard of the interest from Aston Villa, it was straight to my agent ‘get a deal done, whatever you can, get a deal done’. Watching from afar, seeing the squad, how well they did last season, how well they’ve been doing. The staff, the manager, how the players want to play for him; they’ve got that hunger, he’s got that desire, that winning mentality. And, for me, I know I’ve got that winning mentality.”
Young may well be coming to the end of his career but it doesn’t sound like he’s here for a swansong, and again his versatility is a very good option for us moving forward, and it should see him get some good game time.
Plenty of fans were on board with a return when the speculation first began, so he’s obviously received a very warm welcome back – I’m just liking the way we are getting our business done early again this year.
Would You Have Ash Back?
Not A Chance
WELCOME BACK LEGEND
— catrin (@catrinedwards18) June 17, 2021
Welcome home 💜💙⚽️
— Simon Morley (@1153Simon) June 17, 2021
YOU ABSOLUTE KING MAN
— Hogman (@ethannhogshaw) June 17, 2021
HES HOME 💜💙💜💙💜💙👑👑👑👑👑
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmit07954946) June 17, 2021
Love you King 👑
— Holte End Holdings (@Holte_ender1) June 17, 2021
— Dan🏴 (@DanBennett_) June 17, 2021
WE MISSED YOU ASHLEY💜💜💜
— ً (@domwrighht) June 17, 2021