Ashley Young expressed his excitement and confidence in his decision to sign for Everton, citing the club’s size and passionate fanbase as major factors in his move, writes the LiverpoolEcho. The 38-year-old veteran also highlighted his strong relationship with former teammate Sean Dyche as an influential factor, although he revealed his mind was already made up before speaking to the Everton boss.
In his first game for the Toffees, Young scored the only goal in a victory against Wigan Athletic, showcasing his quality and experience on the pitch. Operating as a winger on both sides during a 75-minute display, he demonstrated that he is still a top-class player.
Speaking about his reasons for choosing Everton, Young mentioned his connection with Dyche, stating, “I knew the way he saw football and the way he played football. He has got a real passion for football and you can see that when he is on the touchline.” He further praised Dyche’s winning mentality and his ability to inspire players.
However, Young emphasized that the decision to join Everton was influenced by several other factors as well, including the club’s fantastic fanbase. He expressed his admiration for the passionate supporters, recalling past battles as an away player at Goodison Park. Young stated, “When you play against Everton at Goodison Park, you know what the home fans are like, so that was a pull – the fans, the manager, the players, and the size of the club.”
The experienced winger is eager to give his all for the Everton badge, acknowledging the incredible support he will receive in return. Young praised the loud and noisy fans who stand by the team, vowing to give 100% effort every time he steps on the pitch.
For Young, joining Everton was a “no brainer” and a thrilling opportunity to play for a big club with an enthusiastic fanbase. With his experience and dedication, he aims to contribute significantly to Everton’s success in the upcoming season.