‘I’ve seen why he’s so highly rated by Aston Villa’ - Darren Moore’s praise of ‘accomplished’ Jacob Ramsey

Darren Moore admits even he has been surprised by the comfort with which loanee Jacob Ramsey has settled into senior football with Doncaster Rovers.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 5:00 pm

The 18-year-old was the standout for Rovers in their defeat at Shrewsbury Town at the weekend, continuing his impressive start to his spell at the club after joining on loan from Aston Villa.

While fully aware of the youngster’s ability, Moore says the acid test for a first-time loanee is how seamlessly they slot into senior football.

And with Ramsey having impressed on that front, the Rovers boss says there are no doubts over why he is Villa’s hottest young prospect.

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“We knew the ability that he’s got and the potential he’s got is huge,” Moore told the Free Press.

“I’ve seen signs from him why he’s valued and rated so highly at his club. With my trained eye in the industry I’ve seen those signs.

“And I knew getting him here, he would give us that different edge we needed in those midfield lines. He’s brought that for us.

“He’s got wonderful energy. He moves very well with the ball. He sees a pass, he’s got wonderful feet.

“For us, it’s about him just continuing to build. I’m sure with his performances he’ll get much stronger.

“He’s definitely in the right environment in terms of nurturing that talent for the next stage.

“It’s a win-win for both Jacob and ourselves.”

On Ramsey’s excellent performance at Shrewsbury, Moore said it belied his inexperience and youth.

“For someone so young there was a real maturity to his performance,” Moore said.

“Credit to him for the type of game and the conditions and to put in a performance like that was excellent and I thought his performance was very good.

“When I look back at the game, he had a really accomplished performance for one so young.

“One of the main positives from the game was the performance of JJ.

“For one so young I thought he showed exactly why we’ve got him here with his ability.

“And he was very unlucky with his effort that came back off the post.”