EFL boss heaps praise on Aston Villa loanee

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Moore has revealed his admiration for 18-year-old Jacob Ramsey, the Aston Villa player on loan at the Keepmoat until the end of the season.

Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, the former West Brom boss revealed that his ‘trained eye’ helped him spot the player’s potential.

“We knew the ability that he’s got and the potential he’s got is huge,” Moore said.

“I’ve seen signs from him why he’s valued and rated so highly at his club. With my trained eye in the industry, I’ve seen those signs and I knew getting him here, he would give us that different edge we needed in those midfield lines. He’s brought that for us.”

The England Under 19 midfielder has two goals in five matches for Rovers and stood out in their recent clash against Shrewsbury Town.

“He’s got wonderful energy,” Moore continued. “He moves very well with the ball. He sees a pass, he’s got wonderful feet. For us, it’s about him just continuing to build. I’m sure with his performances he’ll get much stronger.”

Ramsey joined Aston Villa at the age of six, signing his first professional contract 13 months ago. He’s appeared twice for Villa, but the Doncaster switch is his first taste of senior football away from the Birmingham club.

Our View

Ramsey has looked exceptional in his early outings, Moore is right to praise him.

Such is the market now, loan players are a huge part of any successful club in League One. Picking the right player from the right club is a knack, but it is also a big challenge.

Doncaster certainly won’t have been the only club after Ramsey, but his success will pave the way for other young players looking to prove themselves. Standing out as a good club to take young players and development them can offer real benefits in terms of a club’s ability to attract young talent on loan.

Ben Sheaf has also thrived at Doncaster, meaning Premier League clubs will have them high on the list of possible destinations for youngsters in the future.


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