Crystal Palace supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their team seeking to improve upon their solid 11th place finish last time round.
The Eagles were in disarray early on in the campaign in losing each of their opening seven league matches, with Frank de Boer paying the price for a sluggish start with his job just four matches into the season. And while new boss Roy Hodgson failed to win any of his first three games, the former England chief then led the London-based outfit to 44 points from 31 matches to secure their Premier League status, eventually finishing 11 points clear of danger in 11th place.
Thus, there is much optimism among Palace fans up and down the country at present, with several thinking about the future and which youngster in England could step into Wilfried Zaha’s shoes if and when the Ivory Coast international leaves Selhurst Park.
And based on his efforts for the Aston Villa youth sides in the last 12 months, they could be looking at the next Zaha in the form of 17-year-old sensation Jacob Ramsey.
The attacker hugely impressed for the Villans Under-18 side last season in netting eight goals and laying on three assists in 22 league appearances for the club, helping the Midlands giants to a ninth place finish in the South division of the Under-18 Premier League.
In fact, he was the club’s top scorer in that competition and scored over a quarter of the goals Villa netted, and did so well for the Under-18s that he earned a spot in the development side for their 3-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion back in February of this year.
Thus, it’s clear that Ramsey has much ability in that attacking midfield role, but significantly he has proven his worth as both a left winger, having netted from that position last term, and indeed in a centre forward position, to suggest that he could have the versatility that can be a huge asset to any manager who has him in his squad.
As such, while Palace fans will certainly not want to be thinking about life after Zaha, attentions among the backroom staff at Selhurst Park could well be turning to who the next Zaha could be, given how influential and effective the 25-year-old has been during his time at the club.
And while Ramsey has yet to taste league football, all the early signs point to the 17-year-old having that ability in the attacking positions to potentially be the man to follow in Zaha’s footsteps at Palace.
Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!