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Aston Villa Youngster Is On Manchester City’s Radar: Can Smith Afford To Let Him Go?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that Aston Villa youngster Jacob Ramsey is on Manchester City’s radar. It is understood that the Villans midfielder has caught the eye of Man City scouts after his recent rise to prominence at Villa Park.

Ramsey’s Recent Emergence In English Football

Ramsey has enjoyed a majestic rise at the West Midlands club after breaking out as a first-team starter for them last season. At such a tender age, the 20-year-old has already made 33 senior appearances for the Villans in the previous campaign, picking up one assist in the process on all fronts.

The Birmingham-born talent has done well to feature in five matches for the Villans this season but is still waiting to open his goal-scoring account. However, Ramsey deserves some praise for averaging 1.8 tackles, 0.8 clearances, 1.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even distributed possession relatively well in the opponent’s half as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 88.8% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Ramsey’s current contract at Villa Park runs out in the summer of 2025. Therefore, Dean Smith has no immediate need to cash in on him unless Man City decide to launch a big-money offer to acquire the English prospect’s services in January or at the end of this campaign.

Aston Villa's Ramsey is on Manchester City's radar (Ramsey is seen in the picture)
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Can The Villans Afford To Let Ramsey Leave?

Ramsey has taken some good strides towards improving himself over the past 12 months. He is a moderately-paced central midfielder who can make a few eye-catching runs with the ball from midfield. The English whizkid can get stuck in with some crunching tackles to hamper the opposition’s rhythm in the game at the centre of the park. He is a tidy passer of the ball as well but needs to add a handful of goals to his game if he wants to be a success story at the highest level.

Ramsey has proven that he can be a consistent feature in Smith’s starting XI this season. At 20, he has the ceiling to become one of the best players in the Premier League someday. Hence, the Villans should not entertain any offers for their prized asset as they can afford to let him leave, especially when he is playing so well on the field.

Smith would be better off nurturing him into a top talent as his market value will only increase if the player can realize his true potential at Villa Park. With all things considered, it makes sense for the Midlands outfit to keep hold of Ramsey for a few more years before deciding on whether to cash in on him in the future.

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