Ashley young hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight this season. However, that’s not stopping Tottenham’s undying interest in the young England International. Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his admiration for the Aston Villa man, who has less than 18 months left on his current contract.
With Young stalling on his latest contract negotiations could a move to White Hart Lane be imminent? With the uncertainty that surrounds the player at this moment in time Tottenham’s apparent obsession is showing no signs of dwindling. The question is; what do the fans think? Would they welcome him with open arms?
Trawling the blogs and forums across the net it is evident that Villa fans don’t want to lose one of their prized possessions, and with Bale playing out of his skin, it appears Spurs’ fans are not too concerned whether Young joins them or not, even though it seems that many believe he would be a good addition to the squad.
Diehard Spurs fan, Drew Walsh states that Young is not exactly what Tottenham need. I think many out there would agree that when everyone is fit Harry has excellent options in the wide areas, with Bale, Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar and even Van der Vaart all capable of fulfilling that role. Should Spurs therefore, be seriously looking at Young? Furthermore, with Defoe on his way back to full fitness, surely Young’s appearances would be limited. Surely Tottenham’s worrying defensive situation is a greater priority and it would appear that supporters would rather see a world class defender join the ranks. It is also clear that many of The Spurs’ faithful believe they should either be in the market for a world class powerful and natural centre forward. Young is neither, and for many supporters his purchase would seem illogical, buying what is not actually needed.
Harry Redknapp already has a situation where players are growing tired of limited first team appearances. Should Tottenham secure the services of Young I feel this situation would worsen, unsettling an already tense dressing room. Croatian International, Niko Kranjcar for example, is said to be considering his options elsewhere after falling down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.
To add to the dilemma, Young hasn’t had the same impact on the Premier League like he has done in previous seasons, and I would go as far to say that this term he hasn’t even stood out in what looks like a very average Aston Villa side. I fear that should he join a strong Tottenham side he would simply become a ‘bit part player’ never reaching his true potential.
Whilst Spurs’ fans might welcome the addition of Ashley Young to their squad I feel they would prefer a top world class striker or defender. Having secured Van der Vaart would the signing of Young be a step in the wrong direction? Furthermore, is this obsession about securing Young’s services more that of the press and media than of Spurs’ management? It’s my feeling that he is just one of many possible signings that pundits are including in the Spurs’ rumour mill!
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