Ashley Young confirmed his return to Aston Villa on Thursday, but Dean Windass thinks he’ll find game-time extremely hard to come by.
The 35-year-old penned a one-year contract at Villa Park, which sees him return having spent the lasts 18 months with Inter Milan.
Young made 59 appearances for Inter and added yet another medal to his collection by winning the Serie A title last term.
But the versatile full-back and winger is now back in England and will be hoping to continue where he left off during his first spell with the club.
Young, who’s excellent form eventually earned him a dream move to Manchester United, was part of the Villa side that were European regulars, something the current team will be looking to emulate following their 11th-place finish last term.
Despite his pedigree and ability to play in several different positions, Windass reckons he’ll struggle to break into a settled Villa side.
On the man Dean Smith decided to sign, he exclusively told Football FanCast:
“I can’t see him starting. He’s 35, so I can’t see him playing week in week out, but will he want to play week in week out when he gets to that age?
“Some managers will say ‘you’re playing at home, but you’re not playing away because we’re playing more defensively and need more legs in the team.”