Journalist: Jacob Ramsey place in Aston Villa side under threat after Unai Emery arrival

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Jacob Ramsey could find himself on the sidelines at Aston Villa going forward following the arrival of Unai Emery at the club, says journalist Alex Barker.

Ramsey became a regular under Steven Gerrard and endeared himself to the crowd with his forward bursting runs and eye for goal after stepping up from the academy.

But with Emery preferring a more structured team and coming in with a big job on his hands, Barker feels that he doesn’t really fit into any of the manager’s previous structures and could find himself on the bench going forward.

“I might be a little worried for him actually,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“Emery tends to play a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1, he did so at Arsenal and he definitely did so at Villarreal.

“I’m not exactly sure where Ramsey fits in to that system. Because I doubt he’ll be playing down the middle when you’ve got Coutinho and Buendia about. I doubt he gets in on the left either when you’ve got Leon Bailey.

“He definitely won’t be playing in the defensive pivot because he’s way too attacking minded. He might struggle. I think he might be out of the side for a little bit.

“Hopefully Emery finds a role for him and he can develop into a proper position.”

Emery takes charge of the team for the first time on Sunday when Manchester United travel to Villa Park in the Premier League.

In other Aston Villa news, youngster Tim Iroegbunam is thriving on loan at Queens Park Rangers