Houllier has said that Aston Villa will keep Ashley Young at the club, despite reports linking him to other clubs. Young, who has 18 months remaining on his deal, was on the verge of signing a new four-year contract in October. The improved deal would have given him a £500,000 annual pay rise and contained a clause that allowed him to leave Villa if a predetermined transfer fee was offered.
The former Watford player pulled out of signing at the last minute, however, and informed Villa he was not interested in returning to the negotiating table until the summer. With Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur showing interest, Ashley Young’s actions suggested he was keen to give himself the best possible chance of moving at the end of the season by reducing the fee Villa could demand for a player with only 12 months left on his soccer contract.
Ashley young is back from injury and is fit to face West Brom on Saturday. The on the field results have also been poor for Aston Villa, they have won just once in their last ten league games and have lost their last four games in all competitions. To be fair they have had their fair share of problems but are started to get back some of their senior players.
Emile Heskey is back from injury whilst Ashley Young returns from suspension whilst Barry Bannan is also fit to play, but Nigel Reo-Coker is still out with a knee problem despite his condition improving, but should be fit for Everton. Other players still on the long term injury list for Villa include Fabian Delph, Stylian Petrov and Steve Sidwell.
Aston Villa are set to miss the presence of Ashley young in the derby against Birmingham city. Young was nearly taken off by mistake when the assistant referee and the fourth official got confused by Villa’s double switch midway through the second half.
The England hopeful was wrongly summoned towards the dugout as Villa attempted to replace Barry Bannan and Robert Pires with Stiliyan Petrov and Stewart Downing. After the mix-up was rectified, Young stayed on, only to pick up his second booking and a ban which rules him out of the derby at St Andrew’s.
Villa will already be without Blues old boy Emile Heskey who is serving a three-match suspension after picking up a red card against Stoke City
Ashley Young is once again looking forward to getting back his scoring touch. Ashley Young’s astonishing close-range miss against Stoke on Monday night perhaps cost Aston Villa a chance of victory at the Britannia Stadium.
But the England winger has not found goals hard to come by against the Whites in recent times, netting four times in the last four meetings, including a sweetly-struck winner at the Reebok in April. Now, Wanderers’ chief tormentor – who has not hit the target with club or country this season – is desperate to break his duck at Villa Park this afternoon.
“I have always had a good goalscoring record against them,” Young said. “I’m not sure why, but fingers crossed that can continue. We have had some really good results against them where we have scored two, three, four goals which is great and it’s always nice when you’re able to top it off with one yourself. Let’s hope I can get on the scoresheet again this weekend, although, in all honesty, the three points is all that matters.”