Arsenal Transfer News: Ashley Young's Son, Tyler, Joins Gunners

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Ashley Young of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on March 29, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Tyler Young, the son of Manchester United winger Ashley, has signed a contract with Arsenal.

The news was revealed by Nicky Pike, Tyler's mother and his father's former fiancee, on Twitter. Young then retweeted the image, highlighting his boy's allegiance:

Tyler follows in the footsteps of Robin van Persie and Phil Neville's sons in opting not to join United. Both Shaqueel van Persie and Harvey Neville, aged seven and 11, respectively, are training with Manchester City. Neither have signed a contract at the Etihad, per David Kent of the Daily Mail.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  Massadio Haidara of Newcastle United tackles Ashley Young of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United  at St James' Park on April 5, 2014 in Newcast
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Kent notes that Young was an Ian Wright-worshipping Arsenal fan as a youngster, signalling his son's choice of team. The England international started his career with Watford before moving onto Aston Villa and eventually United, where he currently remains.

Despite racking up 30 England caps, per The FA, Young is yet to fulfil his potential. The 28-year-old is blessed with pace, crossing ability and a lethal shot, but he has largely disappointed since moving to Old Trafford in 2011.

Instead of pushing on and becoming a consistent England starter, Young's reputation has been hampered by numerous diving incidents across the past few seasons. His antics have led both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes to intervene, although Young indicated he isn't bothered by the criticism if he receives a positive decision from the referee, per Sky Sports:

"I don't take notice of the headlines or the debates," said Young. "That's obviously for people to have their say on it, and everyone is entitled to have their say on it. For me, the referees have made decisions and that's it."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:   Ashley Young of Manchester United scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on January 28, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by
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Despite his famous flaw, Young is a useful player when on form. He has only scored two goals in 26 appearances this season, recorded by, as he continues to struggle for a place in the United first team.

Young needs an excellent end to the season if he is to get anywhere near Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad. Players including Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana have overtaken him in the race to Brazil, suggesting an ageing Young may never appear at another major tournament.

Even so, it will be interesting to see where his son ends up, and indeed, how far he progresses across the professional game.