Aston Villa are in talks with Ashley Young over a new deal, despite including him on their released list of players at the end of the season.
The Lowdown: Back up for Villa
It looked as though Steven Gerrard was ready to let the 36-year-old go at the expiration of his £88k-per-week contract, but it seems that the club are now willing to offer him fresh terms to stay at Villa Park for another season, according to Matt Maher of the Express & Star.
Having re-signed for his former club in the summer of 2021, the former Inter Milan man has generally been deployed at full-back as cover to Matt Targett and Lucas Digne.
The Latest: Both parties happy
The same report says that Gerrard believes that the former 39-time former England international brings valuable experience to the club, whilst also being a versatile option for the former Rangers boss.
Young has also made it clear in the past that he would like to continue playing and he would like to do that with Villa.
The Verdict: Useful member of the squad
The deal for the former Manchester United man might not be the most exciting bit of business that Villa could conjure up this summer, but it certainly adds another useful body to the squad.
“I know Ashley extremely well and I must say he has been absolutely outstanding since we’ve walked through the door,” said the Villa boss.
“Not just on the training pitch – his leadership and the standards he sets.”
And alongside those two assists, the 5 foot 7 former England international made a solid contribution defensively, winning 15 tackles, making 12 blocks, and 22 interceptions, according to FBref.
Young also makes a contribution going forward, creating 1.58 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (22 over the season) according to the same stats provider, suggesting that he still has the capabilities of unlocking an opposition defence.
His Premier League performances this season have earned him a SofaScore rating of 6.74, suggesting that he is capable of putting in solid if unspectacular performances on a consistent basis, when called upon.
The Watford academy product may not cause the most excitement amongst fans from Villa’s summer signings this transfer window, but he is certainly a useful and experienced body in Gerrard’s team which could be invaluable for such a young squad.