After brushing aside Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday, and that too after playing with ten men for an entire half, Aston Villa look ahead to facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday night.
Dean Smith’s side have been in imperious form to start off the new campaign, having won eight of their opening 13 games. But with the club in the midst of a very busy festive schedule – they play Chelsea just over 48 hours after their win over Palace – changes will surely have to be made to freshen things up and ensure they don’t run out of steam too early.
And with that in mind, Smith may look to hand exciting teenager Jacob Ramsey the chance to start from the off at Stamford Bridge.
The 19-year-old has featured three times in the Premier League this season, but has only started once, and that came in a 1-0 victory over Wolves when he actually played the entire 90 minutes.
Since then, he has been an unused substitute for two out of the last three games in the top-flight, whilst he was brought on for the final few months at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
If Smith decides to rest one of his attacking stars on Monday night, then Ramsey surely has to be one of the first names he thinks of to replace them.
Able to play in central midfield or further forward, the teenager could offer Villa a measure of unpredictability to their attacks, and leave Chelsea guessing about how best to deal with him.
Villa’s 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.”
The 5 foot 9 starlet could be the key to unlock Chelsea’s defence, and ensure Villa’s superb run this season continues.