Ashley Young has hit back at the doubters ahead of his move to Everton.

The defender has taken to Instagram to say goodbye to Aston Villa fans as the Toffees look set to confirm his arrival later today.

After addressing his former supporters with an emotional farewell message, Young wrote: “See You Next Season…… Age really is just a number……”

The veteran released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, despite making 23 starts in the Premier League. After exceeding expectations under Unai Emery, Young will now link up with Everton on a free transfer.

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With Young turning 38 years old last week, the Toffees’ successful pursuit of the full-back has been criticised as they look to bolster a struggling squad.

However, the former Manchester United man is clearly very confident that his age won’t prevent him from impressing at Goodison Park.

Young will challenge Vitalii Mykolenko for a place on the left side of Everton’s backline, with the Ukrainian yet to really kick on since joining for around £17 million in January 2022.

Young has a Premier League title, FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and more to his name after enjoying an excellent career, while Sean Dyche will be eager to make the most of his presence despite him nearing the end of his time in the game.

Ashley Young’s presence can only be good for competition at Everton

Ashley Young’s ability has been questioned ahead of his switch to Everton, however there is no doubting he has the dedication and hard work needed to make it in a relegation battle.

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The former England international is clearly desperate to prove himself on Merseyside and hasn’t just joined the club to pick up his wage packet and sit on the bench every weekend.

Young’s presence in the squad can only be beneficial to the likes of Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson, who will both feel the pressure to fight for their place in the team and can also learn from Young’s experience.

It isn’t one of the most exciting signings, but it could be a smart one.

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