By Peter Lynch

16th Apr, 2023 | 8:10am

Aston Villa ace Jacob Ramsey shines v Newcastle with 96% passing masterclass, among best PL youngsters

Aston Villa continued their stunning run of form under manager Unai Emery with a superb 3-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday (15 April).

The club are now unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches, a run that has seen them climb into the European places.

Key to that run has been a tight-knit defensive unit, with the likes of Ezri Konsa and Tyrone Mings helping keep six clean sheets from those eight games.

The duo were once again on top form against Newcastle, but so was the phenomenal young talent of Jacob Ramsey.

The midfielder, who is just 21 years old, picked up a SofaScore rating of 8.5 against the Magpies thanks to his goal and assist.

Moreover, as per Squawka Live, the youngster was directly involved in more goals against Newcastle (two) than he misplaced passes (one), with Ramsey completing 25 of his 26 passes. Furthermore, no player on the pitch created more chances (four) than the Aston Villa star.

His goal against Newcastle also marks a superb feat for the youngster, with only Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka (23) and Gabriel Martinelli (20) scoring more Premier League goals among players aged 21 and under since the start of last season than Ramsey (10) [OptaJoe].

It’s now two goals and three assists for the youngster from his last five matches, with Ramsey showing his versatility by playing in various positions, including left-midfield, right-midfield and central midfield.

With all three points wrapped up, Emery brought the youngster off with five minutes to against Eddie Howe’s side, with the midfielder earning a deserved standing ovation from the Villa Park faithful.

Ramsey is one of several players at the club to have taken their game to a new level under Emery, with the unity and harmony clear to see among the squad.

All associated with Villa will now be dreaming of pushing even further up the table, with the recent success coming in stark contrast to the massive struggles under Steven Gerrard earlier in the season.

Emery has become an instant hit at Villa Park, and there really is no telling just how high he can take his exciting squad in the weeks to come, with favourable fixtures against Brentford and Fulham up next.

In the other Aston Villa news, the club could soon unearth the “next“ Mohamed Salah in one youngster who recently spent time with the Villa academy at Bodymoor Heath.