Luke Young is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The England Under-21 star admits he doesn’t particularly enjoy playing at left-back but knows he could be called upon to do just that against Birmingham City in the Worthington Cup on Tuesday night.
Young, 21, played there and played well in Ben Thatcher’s absence at Chelsea on Saturday. Thatcher is doubtful for the third round tie at the Lane with a shin problem so Young is in the frame again.
He admitted: “I don’t really enjoy playing there, I’m not going to tell lies, but if it means I’m going to be playing I’ll play anywhere.
“I was asked if I wanted to play there before Thatch came and when Mauricio Taricco was injured. I was told I had a chance of making it my own position but I don’t really enjoy it.
“Having said that if it means I’m going to be playing I’ll play there.”
And therein lies Young’s problem — a versatile player who can fill many positions but may struggle to pin one down for himself.
Nevetheless, after a frustrating time with injury and illness this season, Young was just happy to be back in Premiership action.
“It was nice just to be out there,” he admitted. “I’ve only had two reserve games since I’ve been out and I’ve still got to gain match fitness for the Premier League but it was nice to get another game under belt.
“It has been frustrating. The injury just got annoying. When I thought I could come back against Manchester City I did it again, which was a nightmare.”
Whether or not Young plays against Birmingham, he knows we’re in for a hard night in the third round tie at the Lane — and how important the competition is for us.
He added: “Birmingham are a good side and it will be a tough game for us but we’ve got to have a run in the competition.”
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