Rednapp seems to be edging out in front in the hunt for Villa’s Ashley Young, but who is he using as bait? Martin O’Neill might be willing to let one of his wingers, and second striker, go this summer, but it won’t be easy. Young has only scored 18 goals in 86 games for Villa, but his presence on the field is always a danger (last season he made 19 assists). Villa brought him from Watford in January 2007 for £8 Million, and may be up for selling him this summer, but the rumour is they want Bentley and Jenas as part of the deal. We all know that Bentley hasn’t really found his feet with Spurs, a shame for a Spurs supporter, and for him a move back up North might be an answer to find his feet again. He must be missing those mushy peas. I’d like to say he’d be sorely missed, but frankly, he won’t. As regards to Jenas, I’ve always liked him, he’s a determined player who puts in 110% when he plays, but I can’t see him fitting in with Harry’s plans next season. Ashley Young is a formidable winger and to have him playing with Lennon and Modric would be a danger against any team. I’d definitely swap Bentley and Jenas for him; he’d be much more of a resource for us and would give us that extra edge going forward, which we missed last year. Whether or not Young wants to come back down to London remains to be seen. He seemed happy last year and made a massive contribution at Villa to help them finish 6th. Being aLondoner myself, I know there’s no place like home.
Ashley would fit in immediately back in London and playing alongside other England Internationals, Defoe and Lennon, would boost his chances of Capello selecting him for the World Cup in South Africa next summer. Let me know what you think Spurs fans. Does the prospect of Ashley Young at Spurs stroke you in all the right places? Or would you rather see Bentley and Jenas given another chance next season?