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'Squad Rotation, Inevitable' - Luke Young

'Squad Rotation, Inevitable' - Luke Young

Former Middlesborough and Spurs right back, Luke Young reckons a squad rotation will be inevitable if Villa can put together a run in the cups as well as the league games.

Young feels it is a signal that the side is moving in the right direction.

Speaking to the Official Site, he said: 'The next two weeks will hopefully offer a taste of things to come, with Tottenham, two games against Litex Lovech, West Brom, QPR and Sunderland. If we can get through the UEFA Cup first round we'll have a lot of midweek games because we'd go into a league format. There will be a lot of Thursday-Sunday matches and I think that will be fantastic for the club'.

Yeah but who likes Sunday games? Part of being successful I suppose. I guess if we are playing in the UEFA Cup then I can sacrifice my Sunday Dinner for a league game!!

'The more games we have, the more successful we are. If we can keep going in the likes of the UEFA, League and FA Cups it will keep a buzz going at the club. The more competitions you are involved in, the better everyone feels. It was a small squad last season but we got away with very few injuries and there were players who had 30-plus starts. I think going into the amount of games we could have, we will see some rotation and a healthy squad is essential'.

The squad size has improved slightly from last year, another striker would have been nice but at least we finally have cover in all positions.

'We might have different line-ups every week and see players come in and then out of the side but Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal do it. This shows we are moving in the right direction. Patience is important because footballers want to play games but we are all sensible enough to know that with Europe, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup, you can't play every single game'.

So true, with Davies and Laursen's backgrounds is not a risk we can afford. At least we can rest the older players more often.

'Rotation is part of modern day football now when you're in that many competitions. You have to accept it and know that if you're out of the side, it's not always because you are out of favour, it could be to give someone else a run-out or to give you a rest before another game in the next few days'.

Last year we craved a squad full of competition now we have one, lets hope they can all stay fit and then we can stand a real chance of winning something. It will also be nice to see some of the fringe players involved like Routledge, Delfouneso and Gardner.

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Writer:Dan Jones
Date:Thursday September 11 2008
Time: 3:11PM


Luke Young is a load of ****! PS hi guys.
11/09/2008 15:31:00
He is solid and we like him. He decided to join a Top 6 club, you keep Hutton who obviously likes playing in the bottom half.
11/09/2008 15:40:00
Hutton is the best RB in Britain, different class, not even worth comparing to Villa, you can dream though of course
11/09/2008 16:18:00
if hutton is the best in britain, why did he go to Spurs? :DDD
11/09/2008 16:37:00
Because we are one of the best teams in Britain, der
11/09/2008 16:52:00
Young isnt too bad. He's got the experience. Not my first choice for RB though. We'll get another one in jan anyway i bet. Huttons better than micah richards???????? hmmm
11/09/2008 17:03:00
And Sagna & Bosingwa apparently!!!
11/09/2008 17:22:00
Am I the only one that likes Sunday games??? It means that I can play on Saturdays and then watch the Villa the following day. Luke Young looks alright and these Spuz fans should take heed of players coming from north of the border as it take them a couple of years to adapt, or they get homesick and go home.
11/09/2008 17:34:00
rotate on this
11/09/2008 17:36:00
Rotate on what?
11/09/2008 17:36:00
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