Rumours have been circling recently about Ashley Young supposedly moving to Tottenham. This time last week I’d have said no chance, but with Martin O’Neill’s surprise resignation from Aston Villa then the chances of a move seem more possible.
I ask, is it worth Tottenham splashing fifteen million plus for him? My opinion is no. His career to date has been, at times, exciting and others frustrating.
For a lad who plays as either a winger or part of a three-pronged forward line (usually alongside Agbonlahor and Carew / Heskey) his goal scoring record is poor. For Villa he’s scored twenty-three goals in one-hundred-and-twenty-three games. For a side consistently in the top six that’s not very impressive.
There’s no doubt that on his day he’s a handful for any defender. His pace and dribbling ability make him a class act. The problem lies with the end product. As mentioned, his scoring record is poor. His crossing ability needs some serious work. It’s all well and good being able to skin a defender, but if you’re then going to knock the ball ten yards too far for your team-mate you end up with nothing.
Is he likely to want a move to Tottenham? Perhaps if United or City or Chelsea came knocking then he’d leave. But Young is an Arsenal fan. So it’s unlikely his preferred destination will be White Hart Lane.
As well as that, do Tottenham need him? Is Young any better than Modric or Bale or Kranjcar?
I would say not. Tottenham have a number of quality midfielders in their squad, so adding another to the ranks when they need strengthening at the back would be ludicrous. With King and Woodgate almost constantly injured the money would be better spent bringing in cover for Dawson and Bassong.
Young to Tottenham? Not for me.
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