Aaron Ramsey’s performances for Wales U21 against England during the two legs confirmed what a great prospect he really is. In the first leg he played behind the striker in a playmaker role while for the return fixture in central midfield. (Click here for the goals).
In both matches, the 17-year old Welshman ran the show scoring one of their four goals and providing the other three. Ramsey was the youngest player on the pitch but his intelligence and presence was beyond his years, out playing the England players, most of those who also play regularly in the Premier League. His impact in the first half was so great, Lee Cattermole who was marking him had to be substituted for former Gunner Fabrice Muamba in the 31st minute.
Ramsey scored a 30-yard wonder strike and set up Simon Church with a diagonal through pass for Wales’ second in a man-of-the match display. Both managers reserved praise for the midfielder. England U21 coach Stuart Pearce said:
“People who can score goals out of nothing, like Aaron did to us, are worth their weight in gold. Ramsey was instrumental for them, he was a constant threat. Not many players force me into an early change but I replaced Lee Cattermole for Fabrice Muamba after half-an-hour in a bid to nullify his threat.”
Wales Under-21 boss Brian Flynn was equally complementary, stating Ramsey can become a world star:
“Ramsey can be as good as anyone in Europe, He can only go from strength to strength at Arsenal. He is at a very good club because manager Arsene Wenger’s record of nurturing young players is second to none – and I know Aaron is happy there.
His goal against England was unstoppable, they’ll be repeating that a lot over the next few years. The pass for Church’s strike in the second leg was also sublime but he is more than capable of doing the unexpected. His all-round performance showed how much he has improved since his summer move to Arsenal.”
Ramsey has made two appearances for Arsenal; a start against FC Twente in the Champions League Qualifierand a substitute appearance in the league against Blackburn. His debut in Holland was a tough baptism of fire however made an instant impact coming on against Blackburn setting up Adebayor. The impressive thing about Ramsey is not only that he can play many positions (Behind Striker, CM, LM, RM, RB, LB) but the instant impact he can make in a short space of time.
As a keen rugby player when he was younger, the Welshman is not scared to get stuck in and also has pace, technique, passing, movement, awereness not too mention his shooting ability. The downside of his game is that he can go missing at times, especially positionally when required to defend and will hold up the ball for a longer time than neccessary. However Ramsey has shown enough in the matches he’s played (and has also impressed his Arsenal team mates in training) he is ready to play some part in this campaign more in an attacking sense (maybe on the wings) and in a few years will be ready to become a permanent fixture in the first team.