Michael Carrick and Middlesbrough have finalised a deal to bring Aston Villa’s Aaron Ramsey on a loan transfer that will last until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The young midfielder, who turned 20 years old on January 21, spent time on loan at Norwich City earlier in the season. During his spell at the Canaries, he scored three goals and racked up three assists in 18 league games – sadly, it was cut short due to a knee injury he suffered in December. Before this, Ramsey had also spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town in League One.
Ramsey is a very highly rated youngster, having played for England at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 levels. In total, he’s scored four goals across 24 youth caps for the Three Lions and has been part of Villa’s academy setup since he was just nine years old.
An adaptable midfielder, Ramsey is most comfortable when deployed centrally. Despite this, he can also function effectively when played as a number ten.
The acquisition of Ramsey marks Michael Carrick’s third signing of the January transfer window. Alongside him, Boro have also snapped up Dan Barlaser from Rotherham United and Cameron Archer (who is also a Villa loanee). Currently, it’s unclear whether Middlesbrough will make any further forays into the transfer market.
Ramsey is the younger brother of Jacob Ramsey, who has featured prominently for Aston Villa over the past two seasons – he also enjoyed a fruitful spell on loan in the EFL at Doncaster Rovers during the 2019/20 season.
He is not related to his namesake who used to play for Arsenal and Wales internationally. However, as they both play in central midfielder, they are somewhat similar in that regard.