Former Aston Villa star Alan Hutton believes the emergence of young Jacob Ramsey means there is no longer a need for Dean Smith to spend a lot on a new midfielder.
The Villans have sold a talisman Jack Grealish to Manchester City for £ 100million in the summer transfer window. They recruited well, with the capture of Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny ings. But a move for Southampton’s James ward-prowse did not bear fruit and the man from England remained at St Mary’s.
The 26-year-old then signed a new five-year contract with the South Coast team. Smith chose to stick with what he had and put his faith in Ramsey.
The 20-year-old didn’t disappoint, showing strong performances in four top-tier appearances this quarter. Despite his tender years, the academy product has debuted in the league three times.
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He is certainly a player who could be there for many years in Villa midfield. And Hutton believes the Second City group can now use their resources to strengthen other areas.
“He saved them millions, that’s for sure. His performances showed it, “he said. Football initiate. “The manager will be delighted with how he started the season.
“He plays without fear, he’s brilliant. He just got stronger and stronger, especially this season.
And the former Scotland defender believes that being offered plenty of opportunities bodes well for the future.
“Obviously when I was there at Villa he broke through and we saw flashes of him. We knew he was going to be a good player but he was very young, “he added.
“He has the manager’s confidence, I think it’s the main thing for him to move forward. He believes in himself, he’s ready to put him in games where it doesn’t matter who it is.
“He’s not trying to talk him out of anything because he knows he’s ready.”
Ramsey argued to go all the way
Villa has had a mixed start to their Premier League campaign. The victories over Newcastle and Everton were offset by losses against Watford and Chelsea.
The Villa Park side sit 10th in the table, with a draw against Brentford also on their card. It will take time for the post-grealish side to freeze, but the foundations for success are there.
And Hutton sees no reason why Ramsey shouldn’t play a big part in the debates with his full set.
“He has a range of passing, a great engine and is very cool, calm and collected in front of goal,” he continued. “He ticks all the boxes and I think he has a huge future ahead of him.”
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