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Give A Real Goodbye To Luke Young, Off To Liverpool

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Like Frank Lampard, Luke Young has eyes. I need more photo resources, thanks. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Like Frank Lampard, Luke Young has eyes. I need more photo resources, thanks. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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It was almost a certainty that Luke Young would be leaving Aston Villa during this transfer window. After taking compassionate leave last season, he found his spot at rightback usurped by Carlos Cuellar, and although he is able to play leftback in a pinch, he was certainly not going to dislodge Stephen Warnock from that position. The 31-year-old had three years left on his contract, which would've likely set Villa back quite a few pounds as he's one of the clubs higher earners. And so Aston Villa made no secret of the fact that L Young was for sale.

Enter Liverpool, a club in need of defense, having lost Emiliano Insúa and Fábio Aurélio, and having told Philipp Degen that he can find another home. Notice, too, that L Young is English and so helps the Reds meet their homegrown player quota. According to The Guardian, Liverpool have paid £2.5m for his services. 

And so goes a rightback--a position that, at Villa, needs filling. While many are clamoring for a striker, we at 7500 are pushing for a true rightback. It's evident that Luke Young wasn't going to be getting time out there, so best of luck to him at Merseyside. But for goodness sake, let's sign a real rightback, put Cuellar in his true role at centerback (even if it means he's not a starter) and even give some minutes to Lichaj, because that kid can play.