There were more than a few eyebrows raised when it was confirmed that Ashley Young would become an Inter Milan player in January 2020.
Young, who had fallen out of favour at Manchester United, had pushed for the move to the San Siro after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promoted teenager Brandon Williams to left-back ahead of the veteran.
Ashley Young’s announcement video pic.twitter.com/SR6X53qp4h
— Goal (@goal) January 18, 2020
The feeling among the Inter fans was one more of bewilderment than excitement. Of course, Young would arrive in Milan with an exceptional CV but Inter fans were all too aware of the fact that Serie A was no country for old men. How would the ageing Premier League star cut it in Italy’s top flight?
Fast forward 14 months and Inter are on the verge of breaking Juventus’ nine-year stranglehold on the competition. Antonio Conte’s men are priced at 1/14 in the latest Serie A winner odds.
Punters wanting to place a bet on Inter winning the league may ask, is online sports betting legal? The answer is that it certainly is across Europe and many people are betting on the Nerazzurri to win their first league title since 2010, as they sit at 1/14.
It looks for all the money that Young will be lifting the Scudetto with Inter in the spring, which does make a strong case for this experiment having worked well.
The Englishman has turned out 52 times for Inter, scoring four goals, as well as chipping in with seven assists. For a man that is predominantly played in a defensive role, those are very admirable stats.
Ashley Young has now provided more Serie A assists for Inter Milan this season (1) than he managed in 12 Premier League games for Man Utd.
The perfect debut. pic.twitter.com/6h9vHWIeSg
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 26, 2020
Along with numerous goal contributions, Young also brought a wealth of experience having plied his trade in England under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The former Manchester United and Aston Villa man would have been a reassuring voice in the change room during the last year since his move from Old Trafford. Indeed, it will be now more than ever, with Inter on the home straight that Young will be relied upon to lead from the front as a past Premier League champion.
This type of experience at such a crucial stage of the season is invaluable and does speak of the importance of having a winning mentality within the change room.
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the man to thank for that, having enjoyed success everywhere he’s gone. Additionally, his recruitment has been astute and deserves praise.
The signing of Young in particular looks like a masterstroke which does beg the question, could we see more ex-Premier League stalwarts drafted into the Inter squad in seasons to come?
Time will tell but even if Young does move on in the summer after only 18 months, his successful stint at the San Siro could be the catalyst for further signings from England’s top flight.
Ashley Young finds the far corner with a perfectly placed curler!
Inter with an early 2-0 lead ⚫ pic.twitter.com/2qkFkpeeYY
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The job isn’t done yet though, with over 30 points still to play for there is still time for the unthinkable to happen with Juventus moving out of Inter’s slipstream and pulling ahead. The experienced Conte will know as much and will have his charges more focused than ever with the finish line in sight.