My point is very valid. He is English and a lot of people are quoting that as a reason for signing him. If we were linked with a 31 year old Frenchman who couldn't get in the Bordeaux team then you wouldn't be very happy.
This I can see your point with, and it is valid. But equally, him being English DOES make a difference. I don't see how you could possibly argue that it doesn't. Firstly we've got the quota rules which I'm not entirely sure how close we are to meeting, but this signing means we can put another experienced Englishman in the squad rather than some youngster that will never play anyway. Secondly, him being English and playing in the English league means we know what he's like. Or at least you should if you watch football. Young isn't a world beater but he is a solid defender that is also decent going forward. Simple as that really, for cover he is pretty much ideal. Thirdly, him being English means he won't have to settle in the bloody league.
And saying he "didn't cut it at Villa" isn't entirely true. He did well in his first season and then got injured and lost his place to Cuellar, who is a good player. Besides, he was cover for Villa. And he'll be cover for us. Lets not forget Villa came above us last season.
Furthermore, your point about a foreign signing works both ways. If we had signed a 31 year old full back from Bordeaux and he had an exotic name I bet some people on here would be a lot happier than signing Luke Young.
Saying he isn't more reliable than Degen doesn't deserve more of a reply than "fuck up" in all honesty. If you'd watched both of them play it'd be clear to you who the more reliable player is. Not to mention Degen is a crock. Young isn't.