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Jacob Ramsey is fast becoming the bright young hope of Aston Villa and assistant coach John Terry has told the Birmingham Mail he believes the Premier League club may have a star on their hands.

He may only be 19 but could be the most exciting Bodymoor Heath graduate in the past 15 years – apart from a certain Jack Grealish, of course. Ramsey already looks at home in the rough and tumble of senior men’s football.

Ramsey has comfortably outgrown the relatively small pond that is the academy game and, after shining on loan at Blackpool like an MK Dons-era Dele Alli, the teenager is starting to force his way into Aston Villa’s first-team plans.

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The Great Barr-born teenager produced another performance full of poise and maturity during Thursday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup victory at Bristol City, capping a fine display with an assist for Bertrand Traore’s stunning debut goal.

“All supporters want to see home-grown players come through. We’re lucky to have him. We have an excellent youth team and have got players like JJ pushing the first team,” Terry said.

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“It’s the second game he’s come into and he’s been excellent. He was unlucky not to score and, hopefully, he can continue that work and stay part of this group.”

Ramsey has yet to make his Premier League debut but that could change soon, especially if manager Dan Smith fails to sign the box-to-box number eight he’s demanding before the window closes on 5 October.

Villa want Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – but both still have a role to play at a Blues side competing on multiple fronts (Telegraph).

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