Player #801

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Ashley Young

Winger

From:

To:

2006-07

Current

Previous Clubs

Villa Career

Subsequent Clubs

2003-07 Watford |

2007-11 Aston Villa, £11.88m, 190 (38) |
2021- Aston Villa, Free

2011-20 Manchester United, £16.2m |
2020-21 Inter Milan, Free |

Villa Seasons

Seasons

2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2021-22

Appearances

13
39
48
50
40
0

Goals

2
9
9
9
9
0

AT A GLANCE

Ashley Simon Young

Birth Date

Tuesday, 9 July 1985

Birth Place 

Stevenage, Hertfordshire

England

TRANSFER IN

Transfer Date

​Tuesday, 23 January 2007,
Thursday, 1 July 2021

Joined From

Watford,
Inter Milan

Transfer Fee

£11,880,000,
Free

Aged

PLAYING RECORD

Playing Position

Winger

Seasons Active

2006-07

to

Current

Appearances

190

Goals

38

Played Under

Martin O’Neill |
Gérard Houllier |
Dean Smith |

KEY DATES

First Squad Appearance

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Debut Appearance

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

First Goal

Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Final Appearance

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Final Squad Appearance

Sunday, 22 May 2011

TRANSFER OUT

Transfer Date

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Moved To

Manchester United

Transfer Fee

£16,200,000

Aged

MISCELLANEOUS

Height

Foot

(5 ft 9 in) 1.75 m

Both

Honours

2009-10 League Cup Runners Up |

Ashley Young

BIOGRAPHY

“He is eight-and-a-half stone wringing wet but he has the heart of a lion.” Martin O’Neill, December 2008

Player #801 for Aston Villa, Ashley Simon Young played as a winger for the club in two spells, firstly between 2006-07 and 2010-11 making 190 appearances scoring 38 goals before rejoining a resurgent Villa aged 35 ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Young was born in Stevenage on 9 July 1985 and he made his debut appearance for Villa on Wednesday, 31 January 2007 aged 21.

Villa initially signed Young from Watford for £11,880,000 on 23 January 2007 before snapping him up on a free transfer on 17 June 2021 after he had spent the previous decade with Manchester United and latterly Inter Milan.

Young was an exciting, dynamic, forceful winger with a neat eye for goal. Taking to the ground a little too easily whilst with Villa led to some uncomfortable murmurs in the crowd but there is no doubt that he drove Villa forward after a half decade of under achievement in tandem with John Carew, James Milner and Gareth Barry making the team an at times unstoppable force.

Young’s dynamic play, whipped crosses and set pieces became stuff of legend with his preference to play as inverted winger, cutting in from the left and wrapping his favoured right foot around the ball with the intention of curling the ball into the top corner.

Young’s departure followed the then Chairman Randy Lerner’s obsession with cashing in the clubs assets - something he had promised not to do after the memories of a similarly disastrous policy under former Chairman Ellis.

Young was the third of three departures that not only weakened the team but indirectly led to the years of pain that followed from 2010 to 2016. It is no exaggeration to say a club that kept hold of Milner, Gareth Barry and Ashley Young would not have faced the issues that the 2010s brought for the club.

That the catastrophe of much of that decade was self inflicted was bad enough, watching those players who had grown up with Villa become League champions elsewhere was simply soul destroying, as it proved for the club over that period too.

Young played in a more defensive role for Manchester United, settling at right back but his move to Inter Milan saw him revert to his customary wing play ahead of his return to his claret and blue roots in 2021-22 with a remit to help turn Villa’s new boys into serial, dynamic winners.

Welcome back Ashley.

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