Aston Villa have a number of fantastic young players and are well known for developing and nurturing young talent such as Jack Grealish, who the club sold for £100m to Manchester City in the summer.
Another young player could now be following in the footsteps of his midfield predecessor, as Jacob Ramsey continues to make an impressive mark on the first team under new manager Steven Gerrard.
According to Transfermarkt, the midfielder’s value has increased tenfold from this time last year, going from a market value of £1.35m in December 2020 to £13.5m now, which is an incredible leap for a player of his age and a testament to the progress he has made in 2021.
Gerrard has not been shy in praising the 20-year-old during his short time working with him at Villa Park, labelling him a “fantastic talent” in a press conference as he said: “He’s already a force. I think he’s a fantastic talent. At such a young age, you can see he plays with maturity, he’s got a really good game understanding and I think he’s further ahead than I was at 20.”
The former Rangers boss even predicted international call-ups for the youngster, adding to his aforementioned comments in the conference: “Without putting too much pressure on the kid – you can see him moving through the international age groups at speed – if he keeps consistency in his game, I think he can go all the way to the top.”
One of Ramsey’s most notable performances this season came against Norwich City a couple of weeks ago, when he scored a wonder goal to open the scoring at Carrow Road against former Villa boss Dean Smith’s relegation-battling Canaries.
According to SofaScore, the goal wasn’t the only outstanding contribution he made to the match, with an 86% pass accuracy and 70% duels won on the night.
Villa fans will surely be buzzing at the prospect of Ramsey playing and developing under Gerrard, who is on the exclusive Premier League Hall of Fame list for his incredible achievements during his 18 seasons in midfield for Liverpool. The youngster can gain invaluable coaching and knowledge in his position from his manager and improve even further over the course of 2022.
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