Phil Hay has dropped an update on the future of reported Leeds United transfer target Calvin Ramsay.
In a recent Q&A on The Athletic, the Leeds United correspondent revealed that, following reports of Victor Orta’s interest in a £4m move for the Aberdeen right-back, the 18-year-old is indeed a target of the Spanish sporting director in the upcoming summer transfer window.
When asked for an update on the Whites’ potential summer targets, Hay said: “Calvin Ramsay at Aberdeen too.”
Considering the sheer amount of potential Ramsay quite clearly possesses, in addition to the fact that Luke Ayling has endured a disappointing 2021/22 campaign for the Whites, the argument that the Scotland U21 international would be an upgrade on the 30-year-old is a rather easy one to make.
Indeed, over his 24 Scottish Premiership appearances this season, the £540k-rated talent has been in exceptional form for Jim Goodwin’s side, scoring one goal, registering five assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.8 key passes, 0.8 interceptions, 0.8 tackles and winning 3.4 duels – at a success rate of 51% – per game.
In comparison, over Ayling’s 26 Premier League outings this term, the £3.6m-rated full-back has bagged two goals, provided two assists and created four big chances, in addition to making an average of 0.5 key passes, 1.1 interceptions, 2.8 tackles and winning 5.8 duels – at a success rate of 51% – per fixture.
As such, while it is true that Ayling betters Ramsay’s returns in some areas of his game, considering the fact that the Englishman is 12 years the 18-year-old’s senior, it is undeniable that the Aberdeen starlet represents a long-term upgrade on the Arsenal academy graduate for the Whites.
However, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool also reported to be extremely interested in a move for Ramsay at the end of the current campaign, Orta must act quickly if he is to replace the potentially outbound Ayling with the Scottish sensation this summer.