We have reached that point of the season where player performances are looked at very closely. One player in particular that I have paid a little more attention to in the past few weeks is Aaron Ramsey.
Before his horrific injury, the Wales international was on course to be a better player than Jack Wilshere. Since then, his performances in the wide right and attacking midfield positions have fallen short of what is desired at times.
As a result, fans were left frustrated with the Welshman’s displays – myself included. But looking at our last four games or so, in which Ramsey’s taken up what appears to be a defensive midfield role, I think he may have finally found his calling in the side. Sure he may not have the strength to win balls, but his ability to read play, tenacity and determination are a vital set of traits for that particular role. He may not be as good as we’d like but some of his recent performances in the DM position are showing signs of improvement. Considering his age, he can only get better, but only if he continues to play week in, week out. So I suggest he keeps playing in this position.
It would be good to see another defensive midfielder come in in the summer, even though we have Abou Diaby back. But let’s face it – he can barely put a decent run of games together considering he picks up injuries like no mans business.
I am a fan of Ramsey and to be honest I’d like to see him progress in that new role that Arsene Wenger has put him in, especially if he continues to impress. So I say get him on the training ground and work on the areas of his game that he is lacking in.
It would be considerably cheaper for us in the long-term and give him more of a chance to be a permanent fixture in the side.
Only time will tell if he will be successful in his new role.
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