Aston Villa Transfer Prospects: The Top 10 Replacements for Ashley Young

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Aston Villa Transfer Prospects: The Top 10 Replacements for Ashley Young
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It has not exactly been the most positive few months for Aston Villa.

After concluding the 2010/2011 season in a disappointing 13th, Gerard Houllier stepped down from his position as manager and was subsequently replaced by Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish, causing an uproar of protest from a number of fans.

To finish it off, dynamo and influential leader Ashley Young departed to Manchester United for £20 million.

The English international, who is considered one of the most devastating wingers in World Football, was an integral part of Villa's attack, and his departure has left a gaping hole to fill whilst distorting the future for the Villains.

However, Alex McLeish has the luxury of increased funds to spend this summer, and the Scot was fortunate to gain a considerable amount for Young's departure. It will be tough to replace such a figure in Aston Villa's lineup, but there are a number of strong attackers in Europe who can mitigate the loss and restore some positivity for Villa's attacking future.

Whilst another key attacker Stewart Downing is set to depart Villa Park, McLeish has been linked with some promising players, and should certain transfers transpire, then the summer is destined to conclude in strong fashion.

So Bleacher Report provides the top 10 replacements for Ashley Young.

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