Summer signing Ashley Young has dropped out of the Aston Villa starting XI after missing out on the list of eleven players for the last two games in the Premier League.
Ashley Young returned to Villa this summer after several years playing for clubs such as Manchester United and Italian champions Inter Milan. He made his second Villa debut on the opening weekend of this season’s Premier League campaign as his team lost 3-2 to their hosts, Watford. Ashley Young returned to former team and newly promoted club Watford with Villa and it ended in defeat. Utility player Young was named in the starting line-up for the Watford game and he was on for the entire duration of the match.
Villa boss Dean Smith opted to start Ashley Young in the first three league games this season with a return of four points. Young played the whole game in the defeat to the Hornets on the opening weekend before featuring for 90 minutes as Villa picked up their first points of the new season via a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle United.
Ashley Young was then in the starting XI for the home game against newly promoted club Brentford. The new Villa recruit played for 79 minutes before making way for Ollie Watkins as Dean Smith went in search of a win. Villa had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Brentford.
Young was dropped for the first time this season for the heavy defeat to Chelsea. The London team ran out 3-0 winners with Young as an unused substitute. For the last league game which was after the Chelsea game, Ashley Young played the final eight minutes of the 3-0 home win over Everton. Villa scored three goals in nine second half minutes as the midlands club secured a second league win at home this season.