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Bye Bye Luke

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.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 22 2010

Time: 1:34PM

Your Comments

Inevitable but still sad news. He'll definitely become one of those performers that comes back to haunt us. Whoever does get Luke will be picking up a real bargain.
JayVFC
As much as I love MON , this kind of thing really annoys me. Luke was always one of our best performers, and far better than King Carlos at getting forward up the right. I'll be really sorry to see him go, he's been treated unfairly IMO and once again our right-back situation is a problem. Warnock on the left, Young on the right, and rotate between Dunney, Ginger and Carlos, that's what should have been done. Sort it out MON.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Another of Mon's crazy decisions .. leaving one of the best right backs in the country (and a better left back than Warnock) on the bench . I don't blame Luke for leaving and wish him all the best . I think the reason he did that was because Carlos was too good to sit on the bench and he didn't want to break up the Dunne Collins Partnership .
Doug4ever
Thanks Luke, unlucky, like quite a few seems your face didn't fit. Signed your death warrant speaking out against the messiah . I can see him at Fulham ....might drop down to QPR. No world beater though, decent enough...Spurs, Charlton, Middlesborough and us not had a chance at a top , top side and don't think he will
fatloser
All the best luke
Tr1dent
Luke deserves better than he's got at VP. A really top RB and not too shabby as LB but clearly he didn't ingratiate himself the way others have done. I shall say no more as I'm determined to not slag off that plonker we call a manager. (yes I do appreciate the irony of the way I wrote that)
villan of the north
Oh and the way he quit England the day he was called up was just childish
Pking
I like LY but it's no surprise that those who can't get into the first team feel a bit sour. Playing a more defensive RB with our midfield is tactically sound and we've almost certainly won more points this season as a result. If we had a more mobile, defensive minded holding MF I'm sure we'd have seen more of him, but that's just the way it goes. Don't know how anyone can say he hasn't been treated fairly; he's been well paid, made loads of apps and treated very compassionately. Good luck to him!! UTV
RoyalVilla
MON are you blind Young is a far better fullback than Carlos, You must be the only person who would pick Carlos in front of Young. MON has is fav players who can play every week no matter how they perform.
ShaneBlack
I think the point that is missing is that we have two right backs - Young and Beye. If young leaves and beye leaves... Then if Carlos gets injured what then? Or if Dunne gets injured and Cuellar moves to centre. WhoTF will play right back. Or if NRC leaves and petrov gets injured. Again who do we have? The talks of the summer clean out are amazing to me.. We DON'T have that much depth. Selling these players just means that we need to again buy someone else as back-up for these positions. Maybe its just me, but i see no logic at all.
Astriel
Maybe its just me, but logic has not been a cornerstone of team selections or substitutions.
144wittonlane
yeah rotation is the key point here.... luke young comes in at RB as does a holding midfielder - 2 changes and a plan B! which we kind of lacked this season....
leftfoot
Hang on, can someone remind me what this 'rotation' is that you're all talking about? Can't seem to remember ... what ... it ... erm ... ? Oh I know, it's playing Milner in every position on the pitch. Is that right?
144wittonlane
Stick to the point not posters folks.
mike_field
It's really easy as a fan to make judgements about players & tactics - to be fair, our defence has been pretty much solid (chelsea excluded), and if this means playign Carlos our of position, then so be it! However, Luke Young is a very very good player, and it's a shame he didn't get a few games - particularly against the weaker teams when an attacking fullback would have been the better option over the stronger defensive capabilities of cuellar...
thorpyuk
Shocking mis management of one of the best right backs in the premiership. All those who look through rose coloured glasses and think MON can do no wrong should wake up and realise that MON will never take us any further as he has no idea whatsoever how to manage a squad and breaking the top four is a squad challenge not a first eleven challenge. Shorey, NRC and now Young all frozen out whilst Cuellar (who has tried hard and had some good games), Downing and Petrov can have absolute nighmares but are still garaunteed a place the following week. Wish this story and the potential loss of Milner had broken before I renewed our season tickets.
AVbornandbred
 

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