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'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  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 11 2008

Time: 3:11PM

Your Comments

Luke Young is a load of ****! PS hi guys.
ScottDaYid
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.
young_jonah
Hutton is the best RB in Britain, different class, not even worth comparing to Villa, you can dream though of course
ScottDaYid
if hutton is the best in britain, why did he go to Spurs? :DDD
Gruck
Because we are one of the best teams in Britain, der
ScottDaYid
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
medzy
And Sagna & Bosingwa apparently!!!
young_jonah
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.
Villan444
rotate on this
Spurmin
Rotate on what?
young_jonah
Love to know what people do on a Sunday they can't do on a Saturday instead? Sunday is a pretty boring day and once you get into a routine of going to a match what difference does the day make . Unless you are at work!
Villan57
You cant drink as much on Sunday. I wish all these yids would **** of by the way, they are a very bad bunch of lads.
DO'L
Luke Young is what we wanted/needed, no complaints from me. Typical yids popping up, full of the blabber. Point for WBA on Saturday and we'll travel to WHL with the Spuds at the very foot of the premiership table. Doesn't get too much better than that.
glensider
DO'L - laugh out loud mate. Quality. The Yid is a good honest hardworking lad.
koolbill
I like you DOL. I don't think that will ever get old.
PTP
As far as I'm concerned Young is a quality signing. He looks a hell of a lot better than Shorey, and has plenty of Premiership experience.
Mayo_12
Early days for Shorey though. Lets no forget Young is used to moving clubs often, so he finds it easy to adjust, Shorey was at Reading 9 years, it will take time to get used to the Aston Villa way. Look at Petrov, wouldnt swap him for the world now!!! GS told us he would be class, most like me ignored him, I am now sat eating my words.
young_jonah
Shoery will turn out to be FANTASTIC. Mark my words....by the 8th to 10th game in he'll be quality. By game 20 he'll be keeping Bouma in a tracksuit! He's just what we need to support GB. Plus he's a good honest hardworking lad. ;-D
koolbill
I like shoreys attacking play but he's not the biggest and strongest of lads, which is my only concern with him. The exact opposite of freddie
medzy
true, freddie has the shoulders of a bull
NorthcliffeBandit
May I say young_jonah (well, even if you decline me the opportunity, I'm going to go ahead and say it anyway), you're one of the most refreshingly honest posters on here. You'll go against the flow if you feel you have a point to make or prove, and perhaps even more noteworthy, is your readiness and willingness to speak up and admit that you may have been wrong about something. Top Man sir!
glensider
agree glensider, been unfortunate enough, sorry meant fortunate enough (!) to get to know YJ and he will listen to other points of view and then re-asses his stance. Sign of inteligence in my book not be to boxed in to the I'm always right attitude that so many seem to have. What is it they say, there is no black and white, only shades of grey. very racist thing to say though!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
Nicky Shorey will come good. The guy is a quality left full back, and personally I think that he's improving with every game. A very good buy by MON, a shrewd piece of business.
glensider
 

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