Aston Villa journalist John Townley has been sharing his praise for Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey and his start to the season so far.
This comes after Townley made an appearance on a recent edition of the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast, where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Dean Smith’s side.
Ramsey has started to make a name for himself in the Villa first-team squad this season, having appeared in all but one Premier League game so far and gaining a starting berth at Old Trafford last weekend.
On the subject of which players have stood out for Villa so far this season in his opinion, Townley had this to say about Ramsey, in particular.
He said: “He might not be, at the moment at least, the prettiest footballer in the world, like gliding past people like we’ve had before.
“Although he’s capable of doing that, we know that he’s a player that can do a job and he’s very good at that, and he’s only  still, and that’s kind of crazy when you think about it.
“If you think about all of the young players in the Premier League that everyone has sort of gravitated to and thinking this player and that player, Jacob Ramsey has just flown under the radar.
“Excellent player, and I’m sure he’s buzzing about it and his family as well obviously – he’s got two brothers in the academy.”
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Since then, the 20-year-old, who is currently valued at £4.5 million according to Transfermarkt, has made 33 appearances for the Villans across all competitions, providing one assist along the way – but is yet to score his first senior goal.
Taking into account how Ramsey has started four out of the six Premier League games Villa have played, this says to us that he is seen as an important member of Smith’s squad, despite his relatively young age.
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Additionally, given how Ramsey earned himself a decent match rating of 7/10 from the Birmingham Mail for his performance in Villa’s previous Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford where they won 1-0, saying that he performed well in the game “on the biggest of stages”, this also says to us that he is capable of playing at a high standard against tough opposition.
Moving forward, we feel that, given his young age, Ramsey has the quality to be a long-term figure at Villa for years to come.