Until last night, when he scored two goals against Fulham, including a last-gasp cracker, Watford’s Ashley Young was the Premiership’s best-kept secret. Hornets fans know how good he is, of course. So what do we know about him? Well, he’s 21 years old, he started life as a winger but has undergone a Thierry Henry-esque transformation to striker (although he still gets played in midfield and on the wing, it seems).
Young scored 15 goals for Watford in last season’s promotion campaign and based on last night’s evidence, he looks like quite a talent. He’s fast and skilful, and seems to have a good football brain â€“ in other words, he’s not one of these young players with fast feet but slow brains (Collins John, stand up).