According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Ashley Young could be set for a move away in 2019. The 33-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League giants Manchester United and has done so since leaving Aston Villa back in 2011, although with his contract up at the end of the current season, his future appears to be away from Old Trafford.
And reports suggest that Italian heavyweights Inter Milan are eyeing up a move for the England international come the summer, as should West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, as the addition of the versatile left back would give Aaron Cresswell something to think about down the Hammers left-hand-side.
Ultimately, while there has been much attention on West Ham’s woes at right back in the last few years, the left back department isn’t exactly flourishing given both Cresswell and indeed Arthur Masuaku have struggled to regularly convince of their capabilities in the role so far this season.
England international Cresswell has started their last two Premier League matches to suggest that he may have the upper hand on his fellow left back at present, but with Masuaku having appeared more over the course of the campaign so far, it’s difficult to know exactly who is Pellegrini’s number one down that left-hand-side.
And the arrival of 33-year-old Young would give the Hammers chief another accomplished option to choose from down that side, as the Englishman has certainly proven his worth as a full back in years gone by for both club and country.
Young made the move to United back in 2011 as a winger after impressing at Aston Villa, although he has slowly but surely made his way further back down the field in a bid for regular game time, appearing 30 times as a full back under Jose Mourinho last season in their run to second place in the Premier League table.
And in being England’s number one left wing back during last year’s World Cup campaign in Russia, starting five of their seven matches during the tournament, it’s pretty clear that the 33-year-old has become a hugely solid and dependable option in that area of the field – one that can seriously give current Hammers first-choice Cresswell something to think about.
Yes, Hammers fans may be slightly concerned that Young is 33 and very much in the twilight of his career, but many likely said the same about Pablo Zabaleta when he made the move to the London Stadium back in 2017, and look at how integral he has been for the East London outfit – the same could well happen with Young.
As such, with the United star’s future at Old Trafford far from certain heading into the second half of the season, Pellegrini’s West Ham should seek to make a move for the £110,000-a-week full back (as per Spotrac), as doing so would give Cresswell something to think about down the Hammers left-hand-side.
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