By Villa News Speaking to Ty Bracey

30th Mar, 2023 | 8:40pm

Big clubs will come knocking for Jacob Ramsey in Aston Villa transfer news - Ty Bracey

Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey continued his ascension through the England youth ranks when he captained the Under-21s against Croatia on Tuesday (28 March) night.

Although the Three Lions youth side fell to a 2-1 defeat, being awarded the armband was a crowning moment in Ramsey’s career to date, and was a just reward for his string of strong performances since Unai Emery’s arrival in the West Midlands.

The 21-year-old has been a mainstay in Villa’s midfield this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists from his 24 appearances in claret and blue.

His sky-high potential was on show once again in England Under-21s’ 4-0 thumping of France (Saturday, 25 March), in which Ramsey got his name on the scoresheet and played an instrumental role in Curtis Jones’ beautifully worked goal.

Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Aston Villa podcaster Ty Bracey admitted that it was only a matter of time before top clubs would come sniffing for Ramsey’s services, while an England first-team call-up was by no means out of the question.

He said: “I definitely think he can play for England in the future and he has the ability to go right to the top. In the future, some big clubs will come knocking for him eventually.

“I think he is one of those rising talents that is going to be spectacular, so I’m excited to see what comes for him.

“His ball carrying and reading of the game is brilliant, and he has a fountain of knowledge around him. He is playing alongside the likes of Coutinho, and as much as Gerrard’s management skills weren’t great, Ramsey has got to work with one of the greatest midfielders in English football history.

“He’s got the right people around him teaching him, and I think he will go all the way, I really do.

Although England are regarded as one of the world’s best international teams, their midfield still remains a little lightweight.

Behind West Ham star Declan Rice and Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, there is little strength in depth, with the injury-prone Kalvin Phillips, the ever-ageing Jordan Henderson and Conor Gallagher often Gareth Southgate’s go-to options in the middle of the park.

If Ramsey continues to thrive in the new-found wide midfield role that Emery has deployed him in, an England call-up is certainly within the realms of possibility.

In other Aston Villa news, the club has been tipped to sign a new striker to aid their bid to return to European football.