Ashley Young believes that he has the versatility to play anywhere and is now hoping that Martin O’Neill can use that. Young, who turned 25 this month, has played on both wings and as a lone forward under the guidance of the Villa boos, and the player believes his versatility should not to be dismissed in favour of stability on the left-wing. The Aston Villa Hospitality crowd agree.

“Nowadays there are a lot of players who can play in different positions and that’s good for the team, the squad and the manager,” Young told Aston Villa’s official club website.

“I am a versatile player. When I first signed for the club, I played up-front.

“I have also played off the front man, I’ve played right, I’ve played left and I’ve even played in central midfield, too.

“There are a lot of positions I have played in. Wherever the manager wants me to play I am happy to play there.

“As long as I am in the starting XI, that’s all that counts.”

Ashley Young missed just one game of Aston Villa’s 2009-10 Premier League campaign, scoring five goals and assisting a further 10.