Currently with Premier League side Aston Villa at the age of 36, Ashley Young was a stalwart for both Watford and Manchester United as well as his present team earlier in his career, and was a regular member of the England football team. Deploying a mainly full-back role now, we take a look at some of the top quotes on Ashley Young.
Young has won many honours in his career, including the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Italian Serie A title.
Starting his senior career with Watford, Young progressed through the ranks as a forward man and in the right wing position. Regular scoring in the English football Championship led to him eventually moving to Aston Villa, where he prospered in the assists and providing department.
A move to Manchester United followed in 2011, and was where he developed his more defensive role for the rest of his career. Four major trophies in nine seasons proved his worth to the team, and despite being transferred to Italian side Inter Milan, he still came away with a League title success in his second season there, thus becoming just the third Englishman to win the premier championship title in the country.
His international career saw him play a few times for the England Under-21 team before appearing 39 times for the senior team. His main highlights were scoring in four consecutive matches, selection for Euro 2012, and a contribution towards England reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018.
“Ashley is the trump card in the Premiership. There are not many players outside the top four clubs who are better than him.”
Aidy Boothroyd (Watford manager)
“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.”
Dean Smith (Aston Villa head coach)
“…..the form of Ashley Young, who has adapted to another new role superbly. Young is now proving to be an aggressive and intelligent defender, all while still offering a threat going forwards with his delivery into the box. On current form…..be considered as England’s first choice.”
Martin Laurence (WhoScored’s writer)
“He will offer United real attacking adaptability and options…..Ashley showed last season he can play in a couple of positions, he is tremendous at set-pieces and scores and creates goals. He provides an end product…..”
Peter Taylor (former England Under-21 coach)
“He has got enormous potential and I think he will fulfil that…..Ashley is a really talented player. I have seen a lot of him and I am going to back my judgement.”
Martin O’Neill (Aston Villa manager)
“I think Ashley can kick on again because of his mental capabilities…..I think Ashley is worth the transfer fee. He might even be a bargain…..He is a very strong kid, very disciplined, the ultimate professional…..”
“When you saw him in training, and in matches, you knew he was a bit special…..As well as that ability he has a mature head on his shoulders for such a young kid.”
Les Ferdinand (Watford FC coaching staff)
“I think he’s got great talent, a really good future and I think he can play – it’s as simple as that.”
“He can score, make goals, play with his left and his right foot and play in four different positions…..He’s athletic, extremely quick, he’s a dead ball specialist and he’ll do exactly what you tell him to do…..Outside of the top four clubs, he’s possibly the best prospect out there.”
“He can play on both flanks and he can play alongside the centre-forward…..I think he is an exciting player and has got a great touch, great control, plus a wee bit of pace.”
“He’s a player every Manchester United manager has picked, and that tells me something about his mentality and the trust they have in him.”
Gareth Southgate (England manager)
“There is no doubting Ashley’s ability, I am surprised that anyone has done…..He can take players on either side and he can go past people…..he has been terrific.”
“He’s improved tremendously. He’s been fantastic for us…..He’s one of our brightest stars. He plays with such freedom and technically he’s one of the best of my generation.”
Nigel Reo-Coker (Aston Villa team-mate)