An update has emerged regarding Southampton’s interest in Calvin Ramsay.
According to The Scottish Sun, the Saints are among a number of clubs interested in signing the Aberdeen full-back in January.
The report claims that Everton, Leicester and West Ham are also interested in a deal for the youngster, although no potential fee has been mentioned.
Martin Semmens must strike a deal with Aberdeen to sign Ramsay in the January transfer window. It will take a strong effort from the Saints chief amid interest from three other Premier League clubs, but it could be worth it as the youngster is a promising defender who could be a worthwhile investment.
At the age of 18, Ramsay has broken into the Aberdeen first team and has impressed in the Scottish Premiership this season. Ralph Hasenhuttl would surely love him as his energetic performances have seen him impress defensively and offensively for the Dons.
He has averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.32, averaging 2.2 clearances and 1.6 tackles and interceptions per game for Aberdeen, winning 54% of his duels and making zero defensive errors overall. This shows that he is a competent defender and is able to go through games with great composure.
Ramsay has been able to double up his defensive nous with attacking flair. In five games, he has created 14 chances and registered one assist from the right-back position. He has also averaged 1.4 dribbles per game, showing that he is able to beat the opposition with the ball before creating chances for his teammates.
Former Aberdeen coach Paul Sheerin hailed Ramsay on his debut for the club and said that he is a confident young player. He said: “He grew into the game. He loves going forward but maybe he needs to tighten up defensively at times – but all young players do as they learn the game.
“He’s a confident lad and loves getting on the ball and putting crosses into the box. I thought he did that really well, first half especially, plenty crosses into the box. For a full debut it was a decent one.”
This is why Hasenhuttl would love Ramsay at St Mary’s, as he is a confident young player who is already showing off his quality at both ends of the pitch despite only being 18. He could come in and compete with the likes of Tino Livramento and Kyle Walker-Peters to further bolster Southampton’s full-back options, allowing the Austrian to rest and rotate when needed.
Indeed, as seen with 18-year-old Livramento this season, the Saints boss isn’t afraid to throw teenage talents into the first team regularly if he feels they are good enough, so the south coast could also be the right setting for Ramsay.