Curtis Davies claims 'brilliant' ace can boost Aston Villa's chances of securing European football next season
Curtis Davies has waxed lyrical about former Aston Villa teammate Ashley Young after the ace re-joined the Midlanders.
Speaking in an interview with Birmingham Mail, the former Hull City defender claimed the capture of the veteran is good business from Villa.
The England international rejoined the Villains on a one-year deal following the expiration of his contract with Internazionale. He turned down two contract offers to remain in Milan due to the team’s financial crisis.
He enjoyed a successful year away with the Italian giants, lifting the Serie A title under Antonio Conte.
Young started off his career with Watford before moving to Villa Park in 2006. He then moved to Manchester United, where he lifted the Premier League title.
When talking about Young, Davies said: “He’s a brilliant signing for Villa, for his winning mentality and his experience, there’s plenty that he can bring.”
“We played in a team that finished in the top six all the time, three years in a row and that’s the mentality you need, getting over the line in certain games and finishing in the top six is the sort of stuff that can rub off for sure.”
“I think from that side of things, if Ash can help the club make that next step and jump into Europe, his experience could be vital to the team.”
Davies is right; Young can have a Luiz/Silve-esque impact for Aston Villa
Over the last few seasons, we’ve seen a number of the big clubs invest in older players.
Arsenal bought in David Luiz from Chelsea, meanwhile, the Blues signed Thiago Silva from Paris Saint Germain last summer.
Both transfers worked in a variety of different ways.
The curly-haired Brazilian was seen as a leader among the older and younger members of Arsenal’s first-team.
Mikel Arteta lauded his impact on the dressing room a number of times. He was also on the end of praise from a variety of players like Kieran Tierney.
And to cap it all off, the Gunners lifted the FA Cup in 2020 with Luiz playing a part.
Meanwhile, Silva joined Chelsea, only to lift the Champions League title in his first season.
It’s a sign that signing older heads can sometimes have a postive impact rather than a negative one.
So many clubs have policies nowadays where players over 30 only get a certain number of years contract extension. And, you have to question why.
It’s hard to see where Davies is wrong in his analysis of Young and his move to Aston Villa.
After looking likely to secure European football for the first half of last season, the Villains fell off badly.
The experience of Young may be the difference between getting over the line next season.
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