With the 2021/22 campaign so far showing some very good and solid performances from an improved Jacob Ramsey, the 20-year-old Aston Villa Academy graduate has demonstrated he was capable of making that extra step forward in his game, and although there’s plenty of development left for him to do, after the Chelsea and Everton matches he seems to have become a bit of a flavour of the month for the talking heads.
Having come in for some great praise from head coach Dean Smith and Birmingham Mail journalist Ashley Preece following his further development recently, our former Scottish Cafu has now got in on the act, describing Ramsey as having a ‘massive future’ ahead of him if he keeps his head down and continues to work hard.
Former Scottish international Alan Hutton also feels that Ramsey is now starting to really show signs that he could’ve saved the club millions following our speculated pursuit of Southampton Academy graduate and skipper James Ward-Prowse.
Writing in his column for Football Insider, the former fan favourite explained.
“He has saved them millions, that’s a definite. His performances have shown that. The manager will be thrilled with the way he’s started the season. He plays with no fear, he’s brilliant. He’s just gone from strength to strength, especially this season.”
Hutton went on to say that obviously Ramsey made his initial breakthrough whilst he was still with us, and like fans, he acknowledges the ‘flashes’ we saw from him so it was all about adding to his game and developing the right way given his young age.
“We knew he was going to be a good player but he was very young. He’s got the trust of the manager, I think that’s the main thing for him moving forward. He believes in him, he’s willing to put him into games where it doesn’t matter who it is. He’s not trying to shy him away from anything because he knows he’s ready. He’s got a range of passing, a great engine and is very cool, calm and collected when in front of goal. He ticks all the boxes and I think he’s got a massive future ahead of him.”
On the face of it, there’s not a lot to disagree with given what Hutton has said about the lad and he should certainly get more game time as the season goes on, as simply put, he deserves his place in the starting XI at the moment. But comparisons to JWP given his consistency and overall performance level won’t help expectations, and despite the improvement we’ve seen this year from Ramsey, given his age he’ll still be inconsistent for a while yet as he finds his way to what we all hope is another gear and step in his progression.
Take the set pieces out of it, and you can certainly say Ramsey is definitely showing the signs of being a good and creative midfielder who isn’t afraid to put his foot in, but again, we need to be patient and just give him the time he needs to be as good as he can be.