Aston Villa supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last few days to take a look at their side’s impressive Championship campaign to date, and indeed dare to dream about what their team could achieve in the final few months of the season.
Steve Bruce’s men didn’t make a great start to the 2017/18 second tier season, and as such there were many questions being asked of the Villa chief’s abilities to oversee an expected promotion push. Yet the former Hull City and Birmingham City boss has answered those questions emphatically, as with just nine matches of the campaign remaining, the Villans are very much in promotion contention, and as such could well end their two-year wait for a return to the Premier League come May.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Villa fans in the Tavern in the last few weeks, several of whom are hoping that their side can continue their upward trajectory between now and the end of the season, and in turn seal a return to the top-flight.
Yet some of our resident Villans supporters are already looking ahead to the summer and who their side may seek to sign if they get promoted, and there is one former Villa star who is on the lips of many around the Tavern, namely Ashley Young.
And while a move for the 32-year-old seems a long shot, the Manchester United star is out of contract in the summer (as per Transfermarkt), and may be on the lookout for a top-flight club to continue his impressive career in the top tier of English football.
Ultimately, the England international has done a fine job for Jose Mourinho’s men when called upon this season, not least in keeping in-form Liverpool star Mohamed Salah quiet in United’s 2-1 success over the Merseyside giants at the weekend.
And this experience and nous, alongside an ability to fulfil a variety of different roles to great effect, is exactly what Bruce and the Villa hierarchy should be after this summer.
Young remains a hugely adept winger as well as a solid full back and wing back, having created and scored goals in all of those positions for United this season, while he has the experience of 320 Premier League appearances and 31 international caps to call upon when out on the field.
And having reportedly been linked with a return to Villa Park over the years, if no new deal is agreed with the Red Devils, Young may see the end of his United contract as the perfect time to rejoin a club in which he spent four years between 2007 and 2011, and in which time he netted 37 goals and laid on 59 assists.
Be it at left back, wing back, or indeed is his preferred position down the wing, Bruce will know that Young has the capabilities to perform to any given role, and having that sort of player in one’s squad is invaluable for any side hoping to stay up in the Premier League.
And while it might take something special to lure him back to Villa Park, Bruce must urge chairman Tony Xia to make an audacious move for the ex-Villa star this summer.
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