The Lowdown: Leeds links with Ramsay
Officials from Elland Road, along with fellow prospective suitors Liverpool, are keen on signing the Aberdeen full-back this summer, but it is Leeds who were given the green light to talk to the player late last month.
The Whites, and by proxy their director of football Victor Orta, are now working on a summer move for Ramsay, who recently picked up the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year award.
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The ex-Birmingham boss thinks that the teenager would want to head to Merseyside over Yorkshire, especially as Jesse Marsch’s side are flirting with relegation back to the Championship.
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The 63-year-old said:
“I would imagine, if I was in that position right now, I want to go to Liverpool.
“Because of the magnitude of the club, because of the lack of any chance of relegation. Even though I’d be an understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold for a couple of years, I’ll get in and out.
“You’ve got a timeframe to develop yourself. Then if you end up cutting it at Liverpool, you’ve almost won the World Cup, haven’t you?
“I would expect a young player to be thinking that. Not thinking: ‘Well, Leeds are on the verge of relegation in the Championship. Maybe I’ll play more games in there.’
“That is a blooming hard league, the Championship. Any team can win on any given day. Even the bottom teams can beat the top teams.
“If Liverpool and Leeds are in for him, I would think he’d, all day long, choose Liverpool.”
The Verdict: Leeds could be ideal for Ramsay
Leeds became the first team in Premier League history to hand eight teenagers their debuts in a single season, suggesting that there could be a clear pathway for Ramsay at Elland Road.
The Whites are willing to offer the Scot a major pay rise and the promise of regular first team football. You’d expect that more senior game-time would be on offer under Marsch than for Liverpool, given the glittering presence of Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield, so it will be interesting to see where the 18-year-old ends up ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Should a move to Elland Road fail to materialise for Ramsay, at least Marsch will still be able to call upon Cody Drameh, who has starred while on loan at Cardiff City since the turn of the year. He picked up awards of his own for his performances in the Championship, so Leeds’ right-back ranks appear to be in good stead even if Ramsay chooses Liverpool over the Whites.
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