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Aston Villa: Jacob Ramsey backed to thrive in wide role under Unai Emery

Aston Villa: Jacob Ramsey backed to thrive in wide role under Unai Emery -Aston Villa News

Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey has been backed to thrive for his team when playing in a wide role under Unai Emery. 

The Lowdown: Ramsey’s recent role

Since the 51-year-old was appointed as Villa’s new manager earlier this month, the young midfielder has started all three games the club has played across the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

Ramsey’s two previous outings for Villa saw him deployed on the left and right of midfield as opposed to his usual central role.

With that in mind, one pundit has shared their thoughts on this role swap for the 21-year-old and what it could mean for Villa going forward under Emery.

The Latest: Ramsey backed to shine

Speaking to Football Insider, Kevin Campbell said: “I like Jacob Ramsey, I think he’s a brilliant young player. He’s so dangerous. And the fact that a midfielder is running beyond the striker, can only be a good thing for Danny Ings.

“He’s thriving right now in his position. Ramsey is taking the attention of the centre-backs, and that gives Ings the room.

“It’s really smart from Unai Emery to come in, and recognise and use the talents that Ramsey has to create a bit more space for his attackers. I expect him to improve in this new position because it suits him, and he’s a really good player.”

The Verdict: A question for Emery

Despite Campbell’s exuberance towards the 21-year-old and his wide role under Emery, Ramsey’s performance in Villa’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League was not spectacular.

Playing on the left-hand side of the pitch, the youngster had just 20 touches of the ball before being replaced by Ashley Young after 69 minutes.

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Having only made nine accurate passes in the game, Ramsey failed to have one shot at goal, key pass, tackle or interception for his side.

This display ultimately earned him an overall match rating of 6.5/10 from SofaScore, making him the lowest-rated Villa starter on the day.

With that in mind, even though it was just one game, we feel that starting the £70k-per-week Villa figure in a wide role is not something that Emery should look to do at every opportunity.

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