Aaron Ramsey passes Aston Villa test as new loan exit verdict shared by Sky Sports pundit
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Dan Bardell believes Middlesbrough loanee Aaron Ramsey will be involved with the Aston Villa first-team next season if the club qualifies for European football.
Ramsey, 20, has shone while on loan at both Norwich City and Boro this season, netting eight goals and providing four assists from 28 Championship appearances.
The England Under-20 international, along with fellow Villa loanee Cameron Archer, is set to feature in the Championship playoffs against Coventry on Sunday (14 May).
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bardell predicted Ramsey, along with three more academy graduates, to feature in the first team if Villa secure European football for next year.
“I think if Villa are in Europe, Ramsey will be in the squad,” said Bardell.
“They will want to keep him around because he has probably passed the test, playing for a high-level Championship team, so I don’t think Villa are going to loan these types of players to Premier League teams, I don’t see that happening.
“Because he is a player who wouldn’t need to be registered for the Premier League or for Europe because he is under 21 years old, he is going to be around the squad if we make Europe this season.
“He has the quality to make a difference from the bench, and he will get minutes if we are fighting on multiple fronts.
“I think there will be a pathway for the likes of Archer, Ramsey, Iroegbunam and possibly Lamare Bogarde.”
In UEFA competitions, clubs are allowed an unlimited number of Under-21 players as long as they have been eligible to play for the club for any continuous period of two years since turning 15.
Unai Emery’s side are currently 8th in the Premier League, one point off Brighton and three behind Spurs, with just three games of the season remaining.
Villa host Spurs this weekend (13 May) before a trip to face Liverpool at Anfield (20 May) and a home clash against Brighton on the final day of the season (28 May).
In other Aston Villa news, the Villans have been backed to complete one major deal in the summer after an update from Fabrizio Romano.