Writer: Mike Field
Date:Saturday May 22 2010
Luke Young has admitted his future lies away from Villa Park and it doesn't seem he appreciates the managers comments about players who can't get in the team.
I'm not sure who grabbed the initial interview as it's everywhere today, but Luke Young is resigned to the fact he will probably be moving on this summer even though he'd prefer to stay at the club and play.
'I've been fighting for my position but it never seems as if it's been a fair fight,' said the 30 year old who found himself out of position at left back for a whole season before finding himself on the bench whilst Cuellar played out of position at right back this season. I'm sure there's a trend there.
'It just seems that however hard I work in training or however well I do in games that I don't get judged by the same standards as some players.'
Which I think pretty much confirms he will be going as given that the comment is a direct attack on how the manager selects the team (a confusing element for all fans this his arrival) I'd doubt Luke would get near the bench again, let alone the pitch.
He's already been told that as soon as the club receive an offer that matches their valuation of him he can go and to be honest I don't blame him with how he's been frozen out.
Short runner for player of the season when diligently doing his duty (through injury at points) at left back, and then practically ignored all season because Monny couldn't work out how to fit Cuellar, Dunne and Collins into the back four as clearly he can't drop one of them.
Plenty dismissed the rumours of a fall out prior to the tragic death of his step brother and the reporting interest from Hull and others, yet maybe there was more truth in it than most wanted to believe.
It's certainly the only thing that makes sense given Luke is one of the best right backs in the country yet has wasted the last 12 months of his life in real terms with us.
He ends with a few words for the fans:
'The fans have been fantastic and it was great to get that reception when I came on the other week. I've always got on really well with the fans and that's another reason I'll be sad to leave.'
We'll be sad to see you go Luke.
Oh well, who needs a striker or a creative midfielder, Monny will be tied up trying to sort out a right back...again...after how many years...who'll probably play on the left wing anyway.
Date:Saturday May 22 2010
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