Aston Villa manager Dean Smith

Alan Hutton has revealed that Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is a big fan of youngster Jacob Ramsey after allowing him to join Doncaster on loan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa and Scotland star lifted the lid on the 18-year-old attacking midfielder after spending last season training alongside him.

The youngster has just three appearances under his belt for the Villans’ first-team, while he made an immediate impact at Doncaster with two goals on his debut.

Hutton revealed that Ramsey spent a lot of time with loan striker Tammy Abraham during his time at Villa Park and says he is one the manager has high hopes for in the future.

Speaking about his former teammate, Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s really down to earth, he settled in well last season, trained with us quite a lot and Dean Smith really liked him.

“Very good on the ball, very tidy player and can find a pass. Definitely one for the future. He’s obviously decided he’s not going to get a lot of game time this year, he’s scored a couple of goals a couple of nights ago.

“I think he learned a lot off the likes of Tammy (Abraham), he spent a lot of time on the training field with him after doing all the crossing, finishing and set pieces. He really wanted to learn and soak everything up from all the main players.” 

Ramsey was used twice by Smith during the first half of the season, playing 10 minutes against Brighton in the League Cup and four minutes against Fulham in the FA Cup.

His one and only league appearance came on his debut against West Brom back in February 2019, playing 29 minutes alongside Hutton and the rest of the senior side.

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