Ashley Simon Young is an English footballer. He plays as a winger or second striker for Aston Villa. His brother, Lewis, is also a professional footballer.
Born and raised in Hertfordshire, Young started his career at Watford, making his first senior appearances in 2003 under the management of Ray Lewington. He became a first-team regular in 2004–05, and was one of Watford's key players in their promotion winning 2005–06 season. Young continued to play well for Watford in the Premier League, and in January 2007 he transferred to Aston Villa for a fee of £9.6m. Since then, he has established himself in the first team at Villa Park, and has earned 9 caps for the England national football team.
Born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Despite having been turned away by Watford's Academy after an unsuccessful spell, Young endeavoured to improve himself as a player and was eventually offered a professional deal by the club. The 18-year-old was handed his first team début under...