By Alan Hutton

22nd Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Academy graduate has saved Aston Villa 'millions' after Ward-Prowse reveal - Hutton

Jacob Ramsey has saved Aston Villa “millions” after the unsuccessful pursuit of Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa star insisted the 20-year-old has a “massive future” after a bright start to the season.

A Villa source told Football Insider (9th September) Villa “pushed hard” to strike a deal for Ward-Prowse and extensive talks were held.

The Villans tabled a £25million bid and while Southampton valued him at £40million, they would have accepted less.

He eventually signed a new deal at St Mary’s.

Meanwhile, Ramsey has started three times in Villa’s opening five Premier League games.

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Hutton suggested the emergence of the academy product means his old side may not need to sign another midfielder.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He has saved them millions, that’s a definite. His performances have shown that.

“The manager will be thrilled with the way he’s started the season.

“He plays with no fear, he’s brilliant. He’s just gone from strength to strength, especially this season.

“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’s got the trust of the manager, I think that’s the main thing for him moving forward. He believes in him, he’s willing to put him into games where it doesn’t matter who it is.

“He’s not trying to shy him away from anything because he knows he’s ready.

“He’s got a range of passing, a great engine and is very cool, calm and collected when in front of goal. He ticks all the boxes and I think he’s got a massive future ahead of him.”

In other news, Aston Villa have been tipped to hold an internal review after a major controversy.