Everton defender Ashley Young has given an update on his retirement plans.
Ashley Young has stated that he does not believe this season with Everton will be his last as a player.
Everton snapped up Young on a free transfer this summer after the expiry of his contract with Aston Villa. The 38-year-old full-back has played every minute in the Premier League for the Toffees so far this season.
Despite still obviously being tremendously fit and capable, Young’s overall performance levels haven’t been outstanding since his arrival at Goodison Park. Like the rest of Sean Dyche’s squad, Young failed to impress as Everton lost their first three Premier League games of the new campaign, and failed to score a single goal in the process.
Young determined to prove his worth at Everton
Whilst he brings plenty of valuable experience to the Everton dressing room, there has to be a question as to whether Young can still shine as a regular starter at the highest level of the game. What’s more, he is one of a number of players currently on the books for the Toffees battling against the same doubts. The likes os Seamus Coleman and Idrissa Gueye are also in the twilight of their careers.
Despite these doubts, Young is insistent that he still has plenty to offer and isn’t finished yet. Speaking to the official Everton website, the 39-cap former England international was asked if this season was likely to be his last and said, “ I wouldn’t say so, no.”
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“I’ve said before that I’m not ready to retire yet. Who knows what can happen next season or the season after? Who knows? I won’t put all my eggs in one basket and say this season is going to be the last dance.”
“There’s no stopping me right now. As long as I can stay fit and keep getting up and down the pitch, I’m not even thinking about retiring.”
However, he does have some potential next steps in mind for when he does eventually hang up his boots, “there will be different ways I could go, whether that’s down the media route, as I’ve done a few things on that side, or coaching, because I’ve been doing my badges, it’ll be one of the two things.”
Whilst the dedication and commitment Young shows is admirable, the decision to bring him to the club in the first place ought to be scrutinised. Whilst Everton’s financial difficulties make spending big difficult at present, Dyche’s decision to offer Young a contract was a very short-term one that could well backfire on him.