Aaron Ramsey is back to his best after a sterling season and could be on the way to achieving great success.
In 2008, a 17-year-old plying his trade for Cardiff City was the most sought-after youngster in British football with Manchester United and Arsenal vying for his signature. The Gunners eventually won that battle and are certainly reaping the rewards now.
After a horrific leg break in 2010 and a couple of seasons where he struggled to regain his best form, Aaron Ramsey enjoyed the best campaign of his career in 2013-14, scoring 10 Premier League goals and notching the winner during extra-time in the FA Cup final – an incredible turnaround from last year when large sections of the Arsenal fans were calling for the Welshman to be sold.
Ramsey’s all-round game has improved dramatically this season, but his ability to find the back of the net stands out. Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Steven Gerrard were the only midfielders to score more goals than the 23-year-old this campaign, and all three played at least 10 more games than Arsenal’s midfield maestro.
Finding yourself in goalscoring positions in the box is more than just luck, and watching Ramsey pop up time after time in recent months reminds me of Frank Lampard in his prime. The England international, who is still going strong at 35 years of age, has an incredible 171 Premier League goals to his name and is the only midfielder in the top 10.
Although it will take a monumental effort for this record to be broken, Ramsey certainly has the traits to follow in Lampard’s footsteps and score many goals at the very top level.