Everton youngsters excited about ‘incredible’ Goodison

19 July 2023 - 4:32 pm


Ashley Young has expressed his excitement about playing in front of fans at Goodison Park as an Everton player and says he feels “as fit as ever”.

The former Manchester United and Inter Milan defender joined on a free transfer last week and has agreed a one-year contract until June 2024.

Young’s impressive 422 Premier League appearances during his esteemed career mean he brings vital experience to the club.After transitioning from winger to full-back on both sides of the pitch, he can He also plays multiple roles and said he would take whatever position manager Sean Dyche wants him to have this season.

Young played well last season Aston Villa have played 29 games in the Premier League and started 23 games, ranking seventh.

His 75.5% tackle success rate puts him in the top three of Europe’s top five leagues. The guard is also in the top 11 percent in block percentage and in the top 14 percent in clearance percentage.

“It’s one of those multifunctional things,” Yang explained Everton Football Club.com. “A lot of managers change formations and rely on players to play in different positions.

“Over time, I started playing full-back, right or left. I could also play right or left. Wherever the manager needed me to be, I knew I could do a high level of work.”

Young added: “You have to work hard to do some things, and when you play different positions, those things don’t come immediately. But as long as you work hard in training, you can make yourself better and better. I Think it takes understanding and having a good football brain, knowing where to play and where. I think I’ve got that so I can use it together.”

Ashley Young

Wherever a manager needs me, I know I can deliver at a high level.

Young was reunited at Everton with Dyche, who had previously played alongside him and captained him at Watford.

The Everton signing admits he is looking forward to his former team-mate as his manager and believes Dyche has shown excellent leadership even before breaking into management.

“Dyche was a leader from day one at Watford,” Young said. “During his time as captain, he was fantastic.

“He was tough but he was fair. I always look back and say it was tough playing on the same team as him, he made you work hard. But you got the benefit and now you look back like I did and Consider him a huge help in the early stages of my career. I am grateful to him.” Young also played alongside new Everton team-mate Jordan Pickford during his 39 caps for England – the duo started when the Three Lions reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2018. And said that familiarity with him and the rest of the team will help him adapt to the club.

“I think when you get to my age, you start to know a lot of players,” he added. “It’s always important to know some players. I played with Pixar during the World Cup. I’ve played with a lot of other players as well, so it was a pleasure to get to know these players and to be able to adapt right away.”

Young has played against Everton 19 times in his career, eight of them at Goodison Park. However, the 38-year-old admits it will be a completely different experience playing there again in royal blue.

“I can’t wait for the season to start and training to start,” he revealed. “It’s going to be an unbelievable feeling to walk around Goodison Park and hear the fans behind you…it’s going to be unbelievable.”