Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has told reporters for The Sun he wants to become an all-round midfielder in the mould of the recently departed Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard.
The Welsh international has played the majority of his matches this season in a wide role, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger favouring fellow teammate Santi Cazorla in the middle.
However, Ramsey isn’t content on sacrificing his preferred role for the Spaniard and vows to win back his place in the middle, as per a previous report in The Sun.
By doing so, the former Cardiff City man will need to become a more leading figure at both ends of the pitch, combining his natural goal threat with the ability to protect his back four.
Ramsey believes one midfielder has mastered such a role over the years in the Premier League, citing Liverpool hero Steven Gerrard as the finished article and whom he is aiming to emulate.
“A top-class midfielder needs to be able to tackle, get up and down the pitch, pass, create and score. If you look at Steven Gerrard, he combines all of those elements. That’s what I want to emulate and what I judge my game on,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.
Can Aaron Ramsey emulate the Reds’ hero?
From an attacking perspective, Ramsey is among the Premier League’s elite midfielders but he has some way to go before becoming a real assertive leader on the field.
Cazorla, in contrast, began to dictate games in a specific way towards the end of last season, setting the tempo of matches and instigating attacks from deep alongside the more defensive Francis Coquelin.
Ramsey, 24, doesn’t have such specific traits to be a controlling figure in the middle though he is arguably more impactful, more likely to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.
With plenty of time in his side, honing his defensive skills and becoming more a leader could see Ramsey become a real dominant force in the middle, though patience and a few more sacrifices will be key.