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Name: Ashley Young
Club: Aston Villa
Projected Transfer Fee: £15 million
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Aston Villa's energetic winger is an elite attacking talent in England's top flight. Over the past few seasons, Young has earned rave reviews for his play out wide. The England international boasts outstanding pace and dribbling skill, which makes him a serious threat when running at defenders.
In addition to his ability to beat players and get in behind the defense, Young provides a quality end product. The English winger consistently delivers dangerous balls into the box, especially with his in-swinging crosses from the left flank.
Although he excels as a traditional winger, Young can also play in the hole. The England international has underrated technical ability and a good long-range shot as well.
With his sheer quickness and speed, the Aston Villa winger is difficult to mark whether playing on the wing or behind a center-forward. With impressive displays this season, Young has emerged as a serious danger-man for both club and country.
Young would be the perfect fit on the left side of Liverpool's midfield. The club would welcome another Englishman to join the likes of Gerrard, Carragher, Johnson and Carroll. Aston Villa's pacy winger could give the team genuine width and quality delivery into the box.
In addition, Young's versatility gives Dalglish another option in attack. While it is unlikely the Englishman will play behind a front two, he could be effective in a 4-5-1 formation with his ability to cut inside or race to the byline.
Although his speed will trouble opposing right-backs, his crossing ability is part of the reason why he earns the top spot among Liverpool's summer targets. With his dangerous in-swinging crosses, Young will be able to get the best out of Carroll.
The English striker is dominant in the air. He has shown a willingness to cut in front of defenders and keepers to get his head to the ball.
With Young's quality from the left flank, Carroll should enjoy even more aerial success next season. His attacking qualities and excellent delivery make him the No. 1 target for Liverpool going into the summer transfer market.
Young's excellent season playing for Aston Villa has alerted the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Although recent reports claim that the winger would prefer to sign for the Red Devils, a deal has yet to be made. Liverpool might have to pay a fee slightly north of £15 million, but it would be fair value for the England international.