There can be no doubt that Young has made his own luck. Shown the door by Watford at 16, he argued his case to stay on as a part-timer and eventually made it. But even he accepts that on one particular day fate dealt him a cracking hand.
"David Platt was in charge of England’s Under 21s and they were doing a training camp in Slough and were short of numbers," explained Young to the Daily Mail.
"He rang up the club and asked for a midfielder to go down. Anthony McNamee was put forward but he was off ill that day. He might say that could have been him, but fortunately for me, I went instead. People might say it’s fate.
"I was nervous to start but I played in a practice match and showed my ability. It was a great day for me. It helped me carry on the way I was because I wasn’t sure whether I was going to be offered anything.
"But it kept me believing. A few days later, I was called into the offices at Watford and told what Platt had said about me afterwards. I believe it was very complimentary. I don’t know whether it had a bearing or not, but I was offered a pro contract a few weeks later."