73% of Aston Villa fans would gladly have out-of-favour Manchester United man Ashley Young back at the club, according to a poll from the Birmingham Mail.
Young, 29, starred at Villa for four-and-a-half seasons after arriving from Watford for £8 million in the winter of 2007, establishing himself as a regular in the England setup over that period.
His impressive performances earning him a reported £17 million move to then-Premier League champions United in June 2011, the 30-times capped international experienced a solid debut campaign at Old Trafford but has since failed to reproduce the form showcased in the midlands.
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Deemed expendable under new manager Louis van Gaal after a failed conversion to wing-back, the midfielder has been linked with a return to Villa this week, as well as to Southampton and Sunderland, and supporters are keen to see him in a claret and blue shirt once again, despite his recent struggles.
However, with a contract running until 2016, and wages of around £120,000-per-week, it remains to be seen whether the club would be able to accommodate his return in their current financial state, unless a new owner is found before now and the winter transfer window.
Furthermore, with Villa possessing some decent options in his usual left-wing role, including summer signing Kieran Richardson and the promising Jack Grealish, there’s an argument to make that the cash would be better spent in other more barren areas of the pitch.
That said, there’s no doubt that Paul Lambert’s side are lacking a clear creative spark, which Young could offer provided his recent decline is reversible, the number ten role he filled for periods under Martin O’Neill still vacant.
Given United’s reported interest in club captain Ron Vlaar, one could envisage him being used a makeweight in a potential deal, with the chance to revitalise his career in familiar surroundings an enticing enough proposition.
It remains to be seen where there is some substance to the recent rumours but, regardless, if Young is on the market then it’s a move which Lambert and co. should at least consider.