On May 28, Ashley Young walked around Villa Park in the Birmingham sunshine with his children in tow while the Holte End boozily serenaded him and his teammates at the conclusion of an incredible run that returned Villa to Europe. Once that happened, it seemed only right to assume that Villa would be shopping for fullbacks in the summer window with Cash as the only right-sided option and Lucas Digne the only healthy left-sided option with Àlex Moreno set to be out until nearly Christmas with a hamstring injury sustained in the heroic 1-1 draw at Anfield in the penultimate game of last season. Again, Villa's front office seemed to zig when people thought they should have zagged. As with nearly everything to this point in the 2023/24 season, Villa have come up aces.
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