It finally seems that the Aston Villa side are coming to terms with the Gerard Houllier style of football, non more so than Ashley Young.
The Frenchman has helped England man Young adapt his game and become more of the supporting striker. Young was used to playing on the wing under former boss Martin O’Neill, but has been reinstated to the position he played in whilst at Watford.
Young has been at the centre of everything good for his side this season and his form for the Villans has also seen him become vice captain of the Villa as well as got him more pitch time for the England side.
With more games and confidence comes goals and it may have taken Young until February but the England international has certainly shown us all again why he is so highly rated by managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp.
Young’s form has also coincided with Houllier’s dealings in the January transfer window, and the capture of a proven goal-scorer has only helped his skilful attacking.
The 25-year-old is being linked with a move away from Villa Park constantly but the Villa faithful will be hoping that his form continues and he stays in the claret and blue shirt for many more years.
It isn’t only Young that has excelled at times this year, but Stewart Downing is yet again proving to us all why he was worth the £12 million spent on the left footed winger.
Both Downing and Young were on the score sheet against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend in a very convincing win.
Villa have fixtures on their side as they make a push to get out of this relegation battle as they play teams that are around them in the league table, and they know that a good two months could see them make a late push for Europe as well as a possible return to Wembley being two games away in the FA Cup.
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