Aston Villa can repeat Jacob Ramsey’s trick
Aston Villa have already seen Jacob Ramsey establish himself as a first-team regular under Steven Gerrard and the former England midfielder could have another big talent in the hands of Jacob’s younger brother Aaron.
Both brothers are products of Aston Villa’s youth academy, with Jacob having made 70 appearances for the first team, in which he contributed six goals and three assists, with all of his goals coming in a campaign decisive in the Premier League. season.
Gerrard praised the 21-year-old and his potential last season, suggesting he has what it takes to play for England.
“I want him to make his own headlines with his football. He’s a great talent, I love every moment of working with him. He gets stronger with every game because we give him the platform to express himself He is in a wonderful place.
“He’ll be a great player. It won’t be long before the whole country is watching him, I’m sure. He’s right up there, let me tell you.
Aaron, meanwhile, made headlines this summer when he scored in the final as England U19s won the European Championships after a 3-1 win over Israel.
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The 19-year-old gem has made just one substitute appearance for Villa’s senior side so far and spent time on loan with Cheltenham last season, contributing one goal and one assist in 15 games .
It came as a surprise when he joined Championship promotion hopefuls Norwich City on loan in the summer, but the teenager is emphasizing his quality with the Canaries.
In just seven appearances he has already provided three assists and he is fast becoming a key part of Dean Smith’s side, starting each of the last three games in the Championship.
It hasn’t been reported whether or not Ramsey will be there for the season, which could open the door for Gerrard to call him back in January if he continues to impress.
The former Villa boss, now in charge of the Norfolk side, praised the attacking midfielder after a win against Coventry recently, saying:
“I thought AJ [Ramsey] was excellent in position ten today. Some of his moves and his flicks and his vision were excellent.
“It’s important that we get goals from all over the pitch. Ramsey is starting to get to grips with life in the Championship and has settled in very well, which I expect because he’s such a good and lovely boy.
“He understands the game, he’s an intelligent footballer, especially today, we could see that in the first half.”
Athletic suggested earlier this week, ahead of his assist against Bristol City on Wednesday, that he was leading the way in the assists expected in the Championship, again underlining the impact he is having.
Ramsey looks set to return to Villa Park as another top prospect, and the idea of him playing alongside his brother in Villa’s midfield is surely exciting for the Midlands club.