Steven Gerrard nearly selected Ashley Young as a number 10 for his first game in charge at Aston Villa, The Athletic‘s Gregg Evans has revealed.
The 36-year-old had apparently impressed the new boss in the Bodymoor Heath training sessions leading up to the clash with Brighton.
Gerrard considered rewarding him with a start in the attacking midfield role, but ended up selecting Jacob Ramsey, Marvelous Nakamba and John McGinn as a trio instead. Emiliano Buendia slotted in on the right wing.
Could Young get more minutes in an unfamiliar role?
Deploying him as a number 10 would certainly have raised eyebrows, given that over the course of his 628-game senior career, the 36-year-old has only played in that role four times, each of those coming as far back as the 2010/11 season.
Nevertheless, Young will hope to make himself impossible to overlook for the trip to Crystal Palace next Saturday.
Fan feed Villa Report relayed Evans’ revelation, and here’s what some supporters made of it, with a largely negative reaction and a couple of responses drawing unflattering comparisons with Steve Bruce, who was much-maligned during his reign as Villa manager.
These Villa fans baffled by Gerrard’s consideration of Young at number 10
“Had to check this wasn’t a fake account”
“What in the Steve Bruce is this?”
“Good lord, Stevie G or Steve Bruce?”
“This is not a tweet I thought I would be seeing in 2021”
“Bruh no thanks”
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