May 21, 2024

Ashley Young may have started the final Everton game following his terrible performance against Brighton.
Ashley Young’s window of opportunity to show that he can play for Everton beyond this season is closing following yet another awful performance against Brighton over the weekend.

In a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday, November 4, the Toffees were denied back-to-back Premier League triumphs by Young’s own goal in the 84th minute, salvaging a point for Brighton.

Prior to the match, Joe Thomas, a journalist for Liverpool ECHO, shared his pick (4 November) for Dyche’s starting lineup against the Seagulls and predicted that the Everton manager will fire the 38-year-old based on his previous play.

 

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Thomas acknowledged that he is concerned about how Young has historically been outplayed by forwards, particularly in the 1-0 Merseyside derby loss to Liverpool in which he was sent out for a challenge on Luis Diaz. Thomas suggested that Dyche should now consider starting the young Nathan Patterson in place of Young.

Young made decisions during that game at Anfield that befit a guy who might have been playing in his first Premier League matchup of the season, given his knowledge and expertise.

According to SofaScore, Young managed to win just one tackle, was dribbled past twice, committed two fouls and an unnecessary red card, completed only six of his thirteen passes at a dismal 46% completion rate, and failed with every attempt.

Young did appear especially better in the EFL Cup match against Burnley last week, but it was also a performance that raised doubts about his influence in possession and in the closing third. He completed just 60% of his passes successfully, gave up possession 23 times, completed three of his eight long balls, and failed 100% of his dribble attempts [SofaScore].

 

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For the Brighton match, Dyche chose to stick with the veteran, but in the long run, another poor performance could have to force his hand.

In his 89 minutes on the field, Young, according to SofaScore, won just one duel, was dribbled past a staggering four times, lost possession ten times, touched the ball only 38 times, successfully completed just over 60% of his passes again, and received the lowest starting score of any player at Goodison Park (6.1/10).

Young might have started his final game for the team since Patterson was sitting on the bench and Seamus Coleman was getting closer to being fully fit.

It’s got to be a point now where experience and know-how should not be the factors which guarantee starts under Dyche’s management, especially where Young is concerned. It’s clear he isn’t good enough at this level any longer.

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It’s got to be a point now where experience and know-how should not be the factors which guarantee starts under Dyche’s management, especially where Young is concerned. It’s clear he isn’t good enough at this level any longer.

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