Alan Hutton has claimed young Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey will have a big role to play in December starting with tomorrow’s clash against West Brom.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Villa full-back insisted the 19-year-old proved he can handle big pressure situations after his “assured” performance against Wolves last weekend.
Ramsey played the full 90 minutes in Villa’s 1-0 win at Molineux and was fouled by Joao Moutinho when the Portuguese was shown a second yellow card and sent off.
It was his eighth appearance for Dean Smith’s side but his first start in the top-flight and Hutton was blown away by his impact.
He told Football Insider: “Ramsey coming in against Wolves was the highlight, for me.
“Sometimes I think that’s a good thing, as daft as it sounds, when you’re told last minute on the Friday ‘right, tomorrow you’re playing.’ You don’t have that time to think about it and get that nervous about it.
“I think he played really well. He looked like he’d been around the first team a while. He’s that type of box-to-box player that’s got good legs.
“He was really calm and assured on the ball and that’s what I was most impressed with. It didn’t seem to fluster him at all, playing against such a good team away from home.
“There were really good signs for him moving forward.
“He’ll definitely play more in December. He’s trained for a while with the first team and he’s had a little bit of experience with cup games and he came on once in the Premier League earlier this season.
“With all the games coming up I’m sure he’ll play his part. Him, Conor Hourihane and Ross Barkley coming back, they’ll be competition.
“He’s proved to the manager that he can handle big pressure situations which Dean Smith will be over the moon with.”