'What a gem, Maradona': Stunned fans blown away by Aston Villa loanee

Aston Villa fans celebrate the opening goal during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on January 28, 2020 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have a star on their hands in Jacob Ramsey - the Premier League youngster netted twice on his Doncaster Rovers debut against Tranmere Rovers.

Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa scores for Aston Villa during the Premier League 2 match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on November 04, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Talk about a dream debut.

18-year-old Jacob Ramsey channelled his inner-Erling Haaland on Tuesday night as Doncaster Rovers enjoyed a prosperous evening on Tranmere Rovers’ potato-patch pitch.

The Aston Villa starlet had never started a senior game before but you wouldn’t have guessed it as his brilliantly-taken brace put the League One promotion hopefuls on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win in the Wirral.

The first, a perfectly placed left footed shot from the edge of the box, was followed later in the second half by a bullet header that even Mbwana Samatta would have been proud of. The sample size may be small but, as it stands, Ramsey has averaged a goal every 43 minutes in Doncaster colours.

Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on February 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

‘It was amazing’, Ramsey told the Doncaster YouTube account after the game. You can say that again.

The England U19 international is not getting carried away just yet, however. Rather than rest on his laurels and toast a job well done, his failure to complete a second-half hat-trick was nagging away at Ramsey after the final whistle.

Clearly, this is a player not just with ability by the bucket-load but also the attitude and steely determination to back it up. That certainly bodes well, not just for Doncaster's play-off hopes but for Aston Villa's future too.

Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 03, 2020 in Birmingham, England.

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