Podcast host Omar Iqbal has claimed that Aston Villa youngster Aaron Ramsey is being ‘fast-tracked’ for the England national youth setup.
The 18-year-old made his debut early on this season, coming off the bench when the Villans thrashed Barrow 6-0 in the Carabao Cup. In what has been a season of firsts for the teenager, he was also promoted into the England under-21 side earlier this month, though he has yet to appear on the pitch at that level.
While speaking about the player on the Villa View podcast, Iqbal claimed that a coach within the national youth team claimed they have ‘massive hopes’ for Ramsey.
He said (49:36): “Aaron Ramsey is highly thought of in the England setup. I was speaking to a coach who’s involved in the England setup and they’ve got massive hopes for Aaron Ramsey apparently. Which you’ve sort of seen, obviously, with him being called up to, I think it was the under 21s, wasn’t it?”
He then concluded: “Fast-tracked, yeah. So we’ll see, we’ll see.”
TIF thoughts on Aaron Ramsey and Aston Villa…
The 18-year-old has seemingly impressed at academy level for both the Aston Villa U18 and U23 teams, claiming a combined 21 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances for the sides and so he may well feel confident that there is a pathway to first-team football for him at Villa. As mentioned before, he made his debut in a cup match this season, but the Englishman may also look at his brother Jacob Ramsey for inspiration.
Will Jacob Ramsey be a regular start for Aston Villa this season?
It’s early days yet, but the brothers could well feature on the same pitch together sooner rather than later.