Name: Jacob Ramsey
Club: Aston Villa
Date of Birth: 28 May 2001
Position: Attacking midfielder
Jacob Ramsey – his career so far
The Ramsey family has strong roots over at Aston Villa as three Ramsey brothers are currently a part of their academy. But just like Aaron, Jacob is also a talent the Villains might soon incorporate into their senior squad, if his development continues as expected, of course.
The now 18-year-old attacking midfielder joined the team aged only six, taking part in their youth setups and then subsequently the U18 and U23 squads as he progressed through the ranks. His first professional contract was signed in January 2019 and he has since then been sent out on loan in search for more steady game time.
But back at Aston Villa, he was always extremely highly rated and looking at the numbers he managed to produce, this statement doesn’t really come as a big surprise. Ramsey managed to score 16 goals and tally four assists across 38 games played for the U18s before moving up in the world and joining the U23s.
With the older team, he scored eight goals but assisted further seven as well, making his mark in the 25 games he registered for them. His senior team debut came in 2018/19 when the Villains were still down in the Championship as he tallied 29 minutes in their 2-0 defeat to West Brom on 16 February in 2019.
After that, he managed to feature for them two more times before joining Doncaster Rovers on loan in January 2020, where he is currently plying his trade. So far, he can boast with a total of seven appearances, scoring three goals in the process as well.
But with plenty of admirers back home at Aston Villa, the youngster could very well have a place in the senior team once his loan spell with the League One outfit comes to an end.
The biggest Aston Villa news on the young prospect was undoubtedly the decision to send him out on loan back in January. Of course, sending young players on loan is nothing too drastic or shocking but Ramsey has been long touted as one of the players in the academy who were closest to the first team.
For that reason, the transfer news that he’ll be leaving the team for now was a bit of a surprise, to say the least. But it’s unlikely that Aston Villa decide to part with him permanently, seeing how he has a big admirer in the first-team coach.
There were even some reports claiming that he’s been part of the senior team’s training session regularly under Smith and that is further proof the youngster definitely has a future at Aston Villa. And besides, the first-team exposure at Doncaster can only give him a boost.
Just as is the case with most of the youngsters who have had limited exposure with any first teams, there’s not much data available on Ramsey’s career so far. Wyscout’s database has a total of 716 minutes registered for the 18-year-old talent and we’ll base our analysis on the information that’s available to us.
As an attacking midfielder, Ramsey seems to be creative and highly technical on the ball. His skill set could push him towards a no.10 or a no.8 role in the future as he averaged 3.52 passes into the final third and 1.63 passes into the box per 90 minutes across his career.
He is quite dynamic in his movement, often swapping sides and advancing through the half-spaces on either of the flanks. This, combined with the fact that he can progress the ball quite well, means that he has all the foundations of becoming a playmaker for his team, even when starting from deeper areas of the pitch.
Ramsey’s eye for goal and 53.3% accuracy with shots also indicates he is quite dangerous in the final third and poses a constant threat for the opposition. If he continues developing, there will surely be a place for him in Smith’s squad.
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