'Outstanding' Jacob Ramsey faces 'fight' to regain Aston Villa place - BBC pundit
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Jacob Ramsey has a “fight on his hands” to regain his starting spot at Aston Villa, according to Alan Hutton.
The young midfielder broke a metatarsal while representing England during their success at this summer’s European Under-21 Championship.
The 22-year-old was spotted back in training on Wednesday (20 September, Express and Star) as he looks to work his way back to the pitch.
However, former Villa defender Hutton thinks Ramsey – who started 31 Premier League goals last season and scored six goals – might have to be patient to get back into Unai Emery’s thinking.
Speaking to Villa News, Hutton said: “Don’t get me wrong he’s a top talent, he played a lot of football last year and then obviously into the U21s (Euros) where he sustained his injury, so they’ll be careful with him.
“I don’t there’s any need to rush him back in. But look he’s got a fight on his hands, I thought he was outstanding last season but I think obviously the way Villa are playing at this moment in time they’re very fluid, change it up and different things.
“He’s going to have get back to his very best to push his way back in.”
Douglas Luiz and Boubacar Kamara have forged a strong partnership in midfield at Villa Park in the early throes of the season.
Villa are, of course, in the Europa Conference League this term, though, meaning there may be opportunities to feature in Europe.
Emery’s side started their campaign in Europe in poor fashion on Thursday (21 September), falling to a 3-2 defeat at Legia Warszawa.
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