Aston Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey is eager to follow in his manager’s footsteps after scoring in Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Norwich.
The academy graduate only struck for the second time for his childhood club in Norfolk, playing a one-two with Ollie Watkins near the halfway line before running to the Canaries’ defense and sneaking into the top corner after 34 minutes.
It was a goal boss Steven Gerrard would have been proud of and the 20-year-old admitted he had watched clips of the former Liverpool captain.
Ramsey told BT Sport: “I saw Ollie drop it for me in space and I looked around and I didn’t see anyone there, so I thought, ‘Carry on then, why not not try your luck? and luckily he entered. It was a good goal.
“Obviously I watched clips growing up and the blunderer was probably one of the best at it, being a scoring midfielder and that’s what I want to be.”
Gerrard praised the England Under-21 ace after the win, Ramsey starting five of six games since the former Rangers manager took over at Villa Park.
Norwich boss Dean Smith gave the youngster his first opportunity on Villa’s side and was recognized by his successor at the Midlands club.
“Jacob was exceptional. Obviously, he’s a great talent and that’s the reason Dean gave him a chance before I arrived, ”added Gerrard.
“I knew about Jacob from afar and his consistency levels in games so far have been the best. His standards have been high, but there is room to grow and that’s the exciting thing. If he continues to play at this level, it is very exciting for Aston Villa fans.
“I never watch my stuff unless people put it on TV, but he should watch as much football as he can and learn from as many people as he can.”
The next step for Villa is a home clash with Burnley where Gerrard is eager for a fifth win in seven games, but he will be without Marvelous Nakamba for the foreseeable future with a decision due this week on whether the midfielder must be operated on for a knee injury.
The 41-year-old said: “We are very happy with our point total. We raced against Manchester City and on the wire we lost to Liverpool on a penalty kick although they were better than us that night.
“We want to win as many games as possible and now our focus is on Burnley. I’m sure Villa Park will be full of voices, but the focus is on us and we need to take as many points as possible.
A third straight loss for Norwich saw them remain at the bottom of the Premier League, but a bright spot for the Canaries has been the return of Sam Byram.
The versatile full-back was introduced just before half-time for injured Ozan Kabak and made his first appearance in 22 months following numerous hamstring issues.
Fellow defender Ben Gibson said on the club’s official website: “Sam was fantastic in an unfamiliar role in front of all four defenders, so fair play for him.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for him because he’s a big boy who has worked so hard and had such a difficult time.
“He’s still a top player so we welcome him with open arms. Her mindset is an example of what we need when times are tough – to fight, stick together and get through it. “