Aston Villa boss Dean Smith must avoid a repeat of Jack Grealish’s summer exit as news emerges on Manchester City’s interest in Jacob Ramsey.
With 22 appearances to his name in the Premier League last season, the 20-year-old enjoyed a real breakthrough campaign at Villa Park, establishing himself as a key part of Dean Smith’s first-team squad.
Now, Spanish outlet Fichajes have claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side have earmarked Ramsey as a potential target, and that they are keeping a close eye on his situation at Villa Park.
Villa’s former academy manager Sean Kimberley has previously raved about Ramsey, saying: “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 Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece recently lauded the midfielder’s start to the new Premier League season, saying: “I think Jacob Ramsey could save Villa a fortune. I did note down in pre-season that he looked much bigger in stature, he’s really a size now like a boxer. Glided past Chelsea at the Bridge, and that will build his confidence. He can go to Stamford Bridge and give Saul the runaround like he did, and that will bode well.
“He backed up his Newcastle performance with another one at Chelsea, and let’s see what he can do this season. A really good start for Ramsey. He could save Villa millions.”
Having already seen Grealish make that switch to Etihad, it would surely leave Villa fans fuming to see their next breakout star from the academy also follow that same path in the near future.