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'Can be a really top player for us': Dean Smith hails Aston Villa talent

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has waxed lyrical about Jacob Ramsey, tipping him to be a “really top player” for the club.

The 20-year-old has come through the ranks at Villa Park and enjoyed a superb breakthrough season last time out.

Ramsey made 22 Premier League appearances in 2020-21 and turned out three times in the League Cup.

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This season, he has made three league appearances, of which two were starts, and was really impressive against Chelsea last time out.

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Although Villa lost 3-0, Ramsey gave Saul Niguez a torrid time, resulting in Thomas Tuchel taking him off at the break.

Ramsey won all three of his duels against the La Liga and Europa League winner, and boasted a 100 percent passing accuracy.

Ahead of Villa taking on Everton on Saturday evening, Smith spoke highly of Ramsey.

“I’ve spoken quite a few times about the academy we’ve got in place here under the tutelage of Mark Harrison,” he told the Villa website.

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“I gave JJ his debut in the Championship, I think he was 17 at the time.

“We just felt that he had the potential to become a really top player.

“He’s had a loan spell at Doncaster and then we kept him with the first team squad last year.

“We just feel his maturation has come at a really good time for him.

“He looks strong, he looks athletic, he’s always been a talented footballer but he’s putting it altogether now on the biggest stage of all, the Premier League.

“We believe he can be a really top player for us.”

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