Aston Villa to revisit transfer stance on their 18-year-old ‘technician’ in January


Aston Villa will revisit sending Aaron Ramsey out on loan in January, having kept the young hotshot at the club following internal discussions this summer, according to The Athletic.

The Villans considered sending the 18-year-old away from Birmingham in the off-season to further his footballing experiences. Dean Smith debuted Ramsey in last month’s 6-0 rout of Barrow in the Carabao Cup as a late second-half substitute.

Ramsey made his first Premier League matchday squad four days later against Brentford, but did not feature at Villa Park. He also started the season strongly with the Villans’ U23s, offering two goals and two assists in two PL2 appearances.

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Aston Villa decided to continue Ramsey’s development in their youth fold after a successful promotion to the U23s last term. He became a regular goalscorer in his first full campaign at the age level with 10 goals and four assists.

The Villans also wanted to keep the England U21 international around to provide cover for any first-team injuries or illnesses. Club chiefs have always recognised Ramsey as having great potential, above his 20-year-old brother and Villa teammate Jacob Ramsey.

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Ramsey’s development on the pitch and improving physicality has additionally impressed Aston Villa. The West Midlands outfit will now look to hone his trade to one position after featuring in more advanced roles. He served as a central midfielder in his younger years.

Aston Villa will revisit the topic of potentially sending Ramsey out on loan come the January transfer window. Jacob Ramsey left Villa Park in the winter 2020 market to join Doncaster Rovers on loan before establishing a first-team role under Smith upon his return. Making 25 appearances across all competitions last season, starting nine, and two already this term.

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Aston Villa will believe they made the right decision by keeping Ramsey in Birmingham this summer after his first-team promotion. The talented teenager must now show Smith why he should stay in the senior fold before the winter market opens.

A loan transfer worked well for his brother, Jacob, who now has a consistent first-team role after joining Doncaster. The 20-year-old will now look to make the step up from occupying a squad role to a starter this season.

Aaron Ramsey is a few steps behind, and will hope staying for the first-half of the season proves beneficial. He has impressed club staff with his physicality – which The Athletic note the brothers worked on over the summer. Hitting the equipment at a deserted Bodymoor Heath to get themselves in the best position to enjoy a successful campaign.

Ramsey’s work has seen him pick up where he ended last season, when U23s boss Mark Delaney praised the teenager.

“AJ links play generally,” Delaney said, via Birmingham Live. “He’s more of a technician in and around little spaces, creating things and wanting to be the creator of opportunities.”

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