Everton should be in the mix for Ashley Young

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According to ESPN FC, Ashley Young could leave Manchester United next summer in search of regular football, and Everton should be in the mix for the Englishman.

What’s the word, then?

Young joined Man United from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011, and has made more than 200 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.

The 33-year-old arrived as a winger, but has developed into a dependable defender in recent years, capable of operating at both left-back and right-back.

Young was Man United’s first-choice left-back last season, but has now lost his place to Luke Shaw, and will find Premier League action hard to secure this term.

According to ESPN FC, with his contract expiring at the end of the current campaign, Young is considering a move away from Old Trafford.

A switch abroad seems likely, but Everton really should be in the hunt for the Englishman, who would bring a winning mentality to Goodison Park.

Why should Everton move for Young?

Lucas Digne has nailed-down the left-back position for Everton this season, and the Frenchman looks a fine acquisition.

The future of Leighton Baines is far from secure, however, with the experienced defender seemingly in the latter stages of his career with the Toffees.

Young would not be a long-term option for Everton, but could operate ahead of Digne, and give the former Barcelona defender the licence to break forward.

The fact that the former Watford youngster is also capable of operating at right-back would be a huge plus for Everton, with Jonjo Kenny finding it difficult to show his best form in recent weeks.

It remains to be seen whether Young fancies a switch to Goodison Park, but Everton should be in the mix for a player who could help them reach the next level.