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Merson Backs Ash To Bounce Back

Merson Backs Ash To Bounce Back

Paul Merson has described Ashley Young as a dream for Carew and Heskey and has backed him to bounce back after his World Cup disappointment.

Merson has long admired Ash's ability to whip the ball in early from the wing and insists his first time deliveries must be a 'dream' for the likes of Carew and Heskey.

Speaking on the Official Site today Merse said:

'What I like about him is the fact he doesn't dilly-dally about, do 20 or 30 step overs and then cross it. He gets down the wing, cuts in and then whips it in.'

Merson also appreciates that Young will be disappointed by not making the 30, let alone 23 for the World Cup but believes he should take confidence from his Young Player of the Year Award last season:

'In terms of missing the World Cup he'll be gutted but he's still young, he's got another couple of World Cups in him.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday May 26 2010
Time: 4:17PM


They're a dream for Heskey and Carew alright. Trouble is they're back near the halfway line dreaming about them while the crosses are coming into the box.
Surfer Dude
26/05/2010 17:56:00
With you fear
26/05/2010 19:48:00
Tough to follow up 08/09 season for a young man whom the whole prem is highly aware of & for one still young, especially as he now receives huge attention getting doubled/trebled up on by teams(something I feel we could take more advantage off). But he hardly ever misses games, he never goes hiding in matches regardless of his form & continues to work his socks off. And when having a less effective game going fwd he still does a lot of doggy work off the ball by covering the space in front of the full back for the benefit of the defensive shape of the team. He does go down a little easy at times but does also receive some harsh treatment(something I've witnessed at close hand when sitting in the front rows of the Trinity, that I had not noticed from other areas of the ground) but keeps gettin up & getting on with it. His crossing is poor at times, but with the number of them he puts in during a game this is to be expected & does make his success ratio look a little poor, but the one thing he does do is deliver 2/3 pearlers most matches which does not sound a lot, but with a striker on top of his game who only needs that one good chance there would be the difference, which is what all the top teams have & at his age I still see him improving his game...I for one do not think for one minute that he does not have his faults & do get frustrated with him from time to time, but I think the pro's & the benefits he has brought to the team since he signed makes him a valuable player to us, that I feel we should be keeping hold of & adding to, not selling!!!
27/05/2010 01:50:00
Should have been tried by Capello loads more times on the left of Midfield - he still hasn`t his balance right that side and Ash is best English player for that position,if the Villa team was set up right then he wouldn`t have to do so much on his own.
27/05/2010 07:45:00
His crossing was woeful stop making excuses, he either hits the first man , or knocks it past the far post where Crouch on stilts would struggle to get near it. Plays with his head down looking for a chance to fall over. That is why he isn't gong to the world cup simple as that .
27/05/2010 09:41:00
villan57, watch the highlight reel for the season. Every decent cross comes from AY along with a hand in virtually every half decent attacking move. Marco is spot on IMO. AY works hard without the ball for such a small bloke, and teams negate his forward threat by doubling up on him safe in the knowledge that there is no threat down the opposite wing with Downing on the pitch. Most teams now know that if they hold a line at the edge of the box they negate Gabby's pace so all they have to do then is stop AY from crossing / shooting and our entire attack is blunted.
27/05/2010 12:44:00
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