Ashley Young has completed a move to Everton on a one-year deal, making him the first signing under manager Sean Dyche.
The 38-year-old full-back joined the club’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland after leaving Aston Villa earlier this summer. Young had reportedly held talks with Luton Town and attracted interest from Saudi Arabia as well.
Expressing his delight at joining Everton, Young stated his excitement to play at Goodison Park and praised the passionate fans. He highlighted the influence of manager Sean Dyche, emphasizing his knowledge of the manager’s passion, work ethic, and hunger for the game.
Sean Dyche, who took charge of Everton in January, spoke highly of Young’s professionalism and described him as an excellent addition to the squad. Dyche and Young share a history, as Dyche was Young’s captain during his breakthrough at Watford.
Ashley Young, who transitioned from a winger to a defender, brings a wealth of experience to Everton, having won the Europa League and League Cup with Manchester United.
With over 700 career games and 39 England caps to his name, Young will provide valuable leadership and experience to an Everton side that narrowly avoided relegation in the past two seasons.
Everton is currently in Switzerland for a five-day training camp and will face Stade Nyonnais, a second-division side, in a friendly match on Friday.