By Alan Hutton

16th Feb, 2021 | 5:00pm

Hutton delivers Ramsey verdict after big Aston Villa development

Alan Hutton has been left buzzing after Jacob Ramsey put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Aston Villa.

The former Holte End favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed he was hugely impressed with the midfielder during his formative years at Villa Park and insisted the 19-year-old’s new deal was “great news” for the club.

Ramsey, who has made 14 first-team appearances for the Villans so far, has committed himself to a contract which will run until the summer of 2025.

The teenager has played eight times in the Premier League this season and made his first top-flight start in the 1-0 win over Midlands rivals Wolves back in December.

Hutton, who trained alongside Ramsey before his exit in 2019, revealed he had high hopes for the young midfielder and insisted the new contract showed Dean Smith’s faith in him.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I think it’s great for the club and it shows what they’re doing, they’re willing to give out the contract to the young boys that deserve it, really bring them through, integrate them into the team and give them an opportunity, first and foremost.

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“I mean, you look out through all the years at all the clubs, a lot of young players just go missing and you never really hear of them again but Dean Smith really likes him, he’s shown his confidence in him.

“The Wolves game that they played, he played him in that over over the likes of Conor Hourihane so he trusts him.

“I obviously saw it in small amounts when I was there, he was obviously very young but he was still training and he looked a class player.

“Physically he’s grown, You can see he’s a man now and he’s taking everything in his stride, nothing seems to faze him so I think it’s good for everybody involved and now he can just concentrate, get his head down and try to break into that team.”

In other news, Gabby Agbonlahor has heaped praise on the Aston Villa hierarchy for their latest hire.