When Everton made a move to sign Andros Townsend on a free transfer this summer, supporters would have been concerned.
It was hardly an ambitious signing, nor was it really an acquisition that added much quality to the first-team picture.
Townsend had only scored twice in the last two Premier League campaigns as his form and performances started to dwindle.
However, he has defied critics in the most encapsulating of ways.
The winger has been nothing short of sublime since signing for the Merseyside outfit. His displays have captured the imagination and he is immediately a fan favourite.
The 30-year-old’s professionalism, work rate and desire have been first-class while his technical attributes have also shone through.
Although he wasn’t an eye-catching addition to the Finch Farm ranks, he has hit back at his doubters and proven that sometimes, signing experienced individuals is a good idea.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Rafa Benitez used the same tactic when it comes to the January transfer window.
After all, Juve are willing to let him depart on a free transfer and at his age, he is now starting to tail off in terms of performance.
That said, Ramsey still very much has something to offer at the top level of the game. The central midfielder is an archetypal box to box player, tracking back with tireless work ethic and surging forward to score important goals.
Like Townsend, he has endured a few poor years in terms of consistency but Benitez has already proven he can revive players who are out of sorts.
With those numbers in mind, it’s hardly a surprise to hear Martin Keown describe him as an “outstanding technician.”
After James Rodriguez’s departure from Everton, they arguably lack someone with the ability to arrive late and pop up from midfield with goals.
Therefore, Ramsey would change the dynamic, while also replicating the type of move the Toffees sealed with Townsend a few months ago.