Aston Villa suffered an agonising defeat in the third round of the Carabao Cup as Chelsea knocked them out on penalties.
Dean Smith’s side fell behind early in the second-half thanks to a strike from Timo Werner, before academy graduate, Cameron Archer, had the away end rocking with an equaliser just ten minutes later.
And while a penalty shoot-out was always going to be a lottery, one man who missed, and endured a nightmare display at Stamford Bridge, was Ashley Young.
The veteran of course arrived in the summer on a free transfer to help add a bit of vital cover in the full-back areas and provide Smith with some experience in the dressing room.
But against Chelsea on Wednesday night, he showed nothing of the necessary footballing ability to suggest he could still be a reliable performer for Villa going forward.
As per Sofascore, he lost every single one of the five duels that he was involved in on the night, the worst record by far of any player on the pitch in west London.
Add to that the fact he had just 40 touches of the ball – even goalkeeper Jed Steer had more – lost possession eight times, and committed four fouls as he tried to keep up with Chelsea’s pacy forwards.
The fact he ended up missing in the shoot-out essentially captured what was a difficult night on the whole for Young.
And, writing in his post-match player ratings for 7500 To Holte, Cole Pettem gave him a five, saying: “Struggled to make an impression on Wednesday evening, with a number of misplaced balls and failed to provide much positive link-up play with Anwar El Ghazi.”
The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece was a lot kinder, however, noting: “Skippered Villa’s second string here and did well up against the jet-heeled Hudson-Odoi. It was an experienced showing from the 36-year-old as he dished out orders to the likes of El Ghazi, Archer and others to keep Villa focused out of possession knowing Chelsea could break at any moment.
“Tired a little as the game went on as Hudson-Odoi got some joy out of him but it was a good shift from the Villa captain. Booked and missed a crucial Villa penalty as he cracked the crossbar.”
While Preece was a bit more lenient in his assessment of Young’s performance, the 36-year-old simply didn’t show Smith why he would be a genuinely viable option at full-back to cover for the likes of Matty Cash or Matt Targett at Premier League level.
It was a performance that really let Smith down.