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Young To Grow Old At Villa

Young To Grow Old At Villa

If rumours are to be believed, Martin O'Neill will shortly be sitting down with Ashley Young and offering him a contract extension after his performances this season.

O'Neill plans to sit down with a few of our players in the summer and sort out their futures, having already talked of doing so with Barry and Wilf.

Young, like Barry, has 2 years left on his current deal but given his scintilating performances in games so far, O'Neill obviously wants him tied to the club for many years to come.

Speaking to the E&S, Young said:

"I don`t need to sign a new deal, I`m just looking forward to the rest of the season and if the manager wants to give me a new deal, fine.

"I`m just concentrating on things on the field.

"It`s a massive club and we said even last season that the club was evolving and we`re looking forward to getting ourselves back up the table.

"We`re doing really well on the field and hopefully come the end of the season we will finish fifth.

'We always felt we could finish in a European spot - we said that from the start of the season.

"We`re not thinking about holidays - we`re just thinking about the work on the field. It`s important to concentrate on the rest of the games and not think about anything else and that`s what the boys are doing.

"It`s in our hands and we`re looking forward to the next three games to get three points in every one.'

Young has thanked O'Neill for allowing him the free role which has suited him so well in the last few games. It's suited him so well in ffact that Villa have notched up 15 goals in 3 games which is rather amazing given our lack of a predatory striker.

"I just enjoy getting on the ball and I would like to thank the manager for giving me that role.

"I`m enjoying playing in that free role, popping up on the left, right or behind the front two. As long as I`m in the team, that`s all that matters and yesterday was a brilliant performance from the whole team, not just me - there were 11 men out there who did the job."

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday April 21 2008
Time: 3:46PM

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He's the type of player we should build the team round, him & barry! Please god let this happen!
21/04/2008 15:50:00
I was not sure about the 4-3-1-2 formation at first with the Bolton game we had Mellberg on his own on the right at times, but it has worked. I sincerely hope it works against the bigger teams like Everton Sunday. Young is loving it and scoring too which is brilliant, i hope we dont get caught out down a flank with no wingers though. But if they like they have been then we can take the 3 points from Goodison.
21/04/2008 15:55:00
I don't think we'll get caught out. Where ever Young goes Barry, Petrov and in particular Reo-Coker covers. Although I do think that if we are going to carry on playing this way then we'll need a more defensive minded right back. More in the mould of Bouma than a Bosingwa
21/04/2008 16:04:00
neilav182, what about Melberg, I understand his contract is up at the end of the season. :oP
Villan Of The North
21/04/2008 16:13:00
Melberg would fit nicely, I'm sure we can loan him straight back from Juve, they wouldn't mind would they???
21/04/2008 16:17:00
Not sure I agree about the full back. I actually think we need a more attacking right back like Boswinga. This formation leaves us very narrow at times and we will need to stretch the better teams. With the incredible work rate of NRC it would be his job to offer cover when the full back 'bombs on', and Petrov is very versatile in that deeper role and is also very good at doing a covering job when 'holes' are left. The top sides have full backs who can create, and are an attacking weapon (Clichy, Evra, Cole, Sangnan - or how the xxxx you spell it)
21/04/2008 16:20:00
The way we've played the past few weeks it makes sense to play a defence similar to the one we have at the moment. We don't play any conventional wingers as the formation is mapped out, but the freedom given to our four (and a half) creative players means that attacking full backs are less important, and cold in fact be a liability unless they were truly world class. If that were the case, your sneaking towards a sort of total football formation. I'm a Villa fan, but there is no way we'd be capable of that sort of thing.

If we sign a right side then we could play a more effective 4-4-2 and Young would be given that little bit of space he needs because of the spread of play.

Or so I say *ahem*
21/04/2008 17:10:00
I hope we can tie Young down on a long term deal. He is without doubt the most exciting prospect I have ever seen in a Villa team, including the likes of Tony Morley and Gary Shaw! Fantastic player, who I believe will only get better. I predict that he will be a star player for England in the next World Cup!
21/04/2008 18:02:00
We have to keep Young. He is starting to be spoken about in the same breath as Christiano Ronaldo. Enough said. HANDS OFF EVERY OTHER CLUB IN THE WORLD! He's ours.
Adam Deuce
21/04/2008 19:33:00
Competitive european club football is the key factor right now, not only for keeping the likes of Ashley Young happy, but also for attracting better quality players into the club.
21/04/2008 21:07:00
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