'It's Amazing To See' - Exclusive: Agbonlahor wowed by Aston Villa development
Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on “amazing” Aston Villa youngster Jacob Ramsey after he made his full Premier League debut against Wolves.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Villa striker insisted the 19-year-old will get better and better and backed him to contribute a goal or an assist against Burnley on Wednesday night.
Ramsey made his first Premier League appearance against Fulham in September and the trip to Molineux was just the third time he has made a league matchday squad this term.
Across all competitions, the attacking midfielder has now played eight times for Villa and contributed one assist.
Asked by Football Insider what he thought of Ramsey’s full league debut, Agbonlahor said: “He grew into the game, he said himself he was nervous.
“Every time he got on the ball he looked better and better. He was the one that got Joao Moutinho sent off and was making good forward runs.
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“Let’s not forget, he’s 19-years-old. I remember making my debut at 19 and I was very nervous, I was just happy to be out there playing against these stars and I’m sure he will be the same.
“He’ll learn the more he plays, he needs to be given more chances and more starts.
“Look at the game against Burnley, it’s the perfect chance for him to get his first goal or first assist in the Premier League. It’s the sort of game you hope he can thrive on.
“As an Aston Villa player who went through the academy and made my debut at the same age, it’s amazing to see.
“Hopefully the rest of the Under-18s and Under-23s can see him as someone to look up to and try and get into that first-team as well because Dean Smith has proved if you’re good enough, he’ll play you.”