Amid all the controversy surrounding how Jack Grealish’s injury was leaked before Aston Villa’s Premier League clash against Leicester at the weekend, it’s easy to forget that the club’s talisman may be set to miss a significant period of time.
While Villa boss Dean Smith was quick to reveal that he is hopeful the England international could be back for the game against Leeds, according to BBC Sport, “it is understood he could be out for a month”.
Whether Grealish is out for just one game or more, Smith has a big decision to make about how he goes about replacing his main man – after all, the 25-year-old has scored seven goals and provided a further 12 assists in all competitions this season.
One Villa player who could be set to benefit from Grealish’s potential absence is Jacob Ramsey.
The 19-year-old has firmly established himself as part of Smith’s first-team squad this campaign, making nine appearances in the Premier League, albeit most of them being cameo appearances off the bench.
But perhaps now is the perfect time for him to get a real chance to impress from the off, and given what people have said about him, it’s clear he’s got the talent to be an able replacement for Grealish.
Villa’s former academy manager has previously gone on record to say about Ramsey: “If he continues to match his undoubted technical ability and eye for a goal with the desire and energy to reach the next level, he will have a bright future in the game.”
There is no questioning that with Grealish out injured, Villa have got a major hole in their side that is difficult to fill.
But if he’s given an opportunity, Ramsey could well step up to the plate and prove to be the club’s next academy breakout, ready to be a part of this side for the next few years to come – after all, it’s only because Grealish was given a chance once upon a time that Villa are blessed with one of the Premier League’s elite talents.
Ramsey could well be Smith’s saviour.