Journalist Gregg Evans has claimed that Aston Villa youngster Jacob Ramsey should expect to keep his place in the team ahead of the club’s next game.
Ramsey, who is valued at £4.5 million (as per Transfermarkt), has started two of Villa’s first four Premier League fixtures so far this season, while also coming on at half-time during their first game of the new campaign. With this in mind, it looks as though the 20-year-old could become a regular starter for Dean Smith this season moving forward.
The Villans host Everton this week in the league and Evans said he would ‘be very surprised’ if the starlet didn’t keep his place for the match.
When the topic came up in conversation during the 1874 podcast, Evans was asked if he thought Ramsey would play. He replied (33:57):
“I’d be very surprised if he didn’t. And if I was him, I would be very upset if he didn’t, because he did nothing wrong.”
TIF thoughts on Jacob Ramsey and Aston Villa…
Having come through the club’s academy, the hierarchy at Villa certainly seem to value Ramsey’s potential, only last February he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the club which will now see him tied to the club until 2025
After making 22 appearances in the league last season, the 20-year-old looks set to potentially beat that tally this term, having played in three of the clubs four Premier League matches so far.
Will Jacob Ramsey be a regular start for Aston Villa this season?
Despite his solid start, there will be no guarantees for the youngster to retain his place, especially with Emi Buendia set to potentially return to the side for the Everton match.
Even so, as Evans suggests, he has done ‘nothing wrong’ to lose his spot, having averaged 2 tackles, 0.3 blocks and an 87.1% pass completion rate, all of which rank in the top 5 amongst Villa players (via WhoScored) and so could well have another chance to impress this weekend.