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Aston Villa journalist reveals reason for Ashley Young swoop

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Aston Villa journalist Hatfield believes that the club were attracted to Ashley Young’s experience after securing his signature.

Villa have been aggressive in the and have brought in a number of new additions.

Young has arrived on a free transfer from Milan, while they have also signed Emiliano Buendia from City and Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen.

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The deal to sign Young is a headline-grabbing one, as he has returned to the club at which he became a star, having moved to the club from Watford back in 2007; he spent four years with the club before sealing a transfer to United.

Young is 36 and can play at both left-back and on the left wing; in total, he made 59 appearances during his time in Italy.

He may come in as a direct replacement for Neil Taylor, after the left-back departed on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Hatfield said: “He’ll offer loads of experience, I think that’s one of the really big draws for him.

“Villa obviously lost their left-back replacement in someone like Neil Taylor. Ashley Young obviously fills that role and in the same respect has plenty of Premier experience. I think it works all round.”

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