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Will Forest Help Ramsey Grow?

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Will Forest Help Ramsey Grow?

Patrick Norwood, Upper90magazine.

As an Arsenal fan living in Nottingham the story that has caught my eye the past few weeks has definitely been, Aaron Ramsey’s loan move to Nottingham Forest.

Since moving to Arsenal at just 17, for £5 million, from boyhood club Cardiff City, the most interesting aspect of Aaron Ramsey’s career has always been, what will Arsène Wenger’s next step be?

Wenger slowly introduced the youngster in to the first team during his first season with the Gunners, playing 22 games in the 2008-2009 season, most of which being in cup competitions however it was during the 2009-2010 campaign that Ramsey got his real chance.

Making 18 appearances in the first half of the season, Ramsey’s technique and vision enabled him to thrive in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield next to the ever influential Cesc Fabregas. But then there was that tackle!

An away game at Stoke is never a fixture you look forward to as a player, but the events that occurred on 27th February 2010 will haunt Aaron Ramsey for the rest of his career. Ryan Shawcross’ over exuberant challenge nearly disembodied Ramsey’s leg leaving him with a broken tibia and fibula.

So when Ramsey returned to play for Arsenal reserves two weeks back marking his first game in just under nine months, the question was always going to be, what will Wenger’s next step be?

Well Nottingham Forest and competitive Championship football was the answer…

Ramsey was always going to find it hard breaking straight back in to the Arsenal first team, not only is he lacking match fitness but Arsenal are hardly missing a talented playmaker in the midfield. With Nasri and Fabregas both firing on all cylinders and the likes of Wilshere, Rosicky and Diaby all knocking on the door, a fully fit Ramsey would struggle to cement a constant first team place. So a loan move away from the gunners was always going to be the best option.

But why Forest?

I have  been saying for some time on my own blogs, the Championship is now the perfect place for young British talent to showcase and develop their ability. Young premier league players such as Walcott, Bale, Adam Johnson and Andy Carroll have all played in the Championship and have gone on to shine not only in the Premier league, but in Bale and Walcott’s case, on the world stage.

Forest and their manager Billy Davies are known for their ethos of developing and nurturing their top young players and this is exactly what Ramsey needs right now. The likes of Jermaine Jenas, Andy Reid and Michael Dawson have all worked their way through the Forest first team to the premiership and Billy Davies has helped players such as Tom Huddleston and Giles Barnes whilst managing Derby County. The first team football and protection the management team will offer can only help Ramsey recuperate.

At Forest, Ramsey will get the chance to play in a team that play good football in the Championship. Billy Davies’ side attempt to play an Arsenal type game, using talented centre midfield players (not always the case in the championship) and attacking wingers. I am adamant that Ramsey’s style of play will take to the Forest’s starting line up like a German takes to a penalty shoot out.  His technique and vision fit nicely next to, defensive midfielder Guy Moussi and current hot shot Lewis McGugan (22) in the middle of the Forest midfield.

McGugan has shone this season scoring wonder goal after wonder goal. And it is with McGugan that Ramsey could form a young attacking midfield partnership preeminent to that of other championship team.  If the two manage to form a partnership Forest will undoubtedly go that one step further than last years play off final defeat and achieve promotion to the Premier league for the first time in 13 years.

Despite Ramsey’s superior ability, the Championship will certainly not be an easy ride. As a far more physical league than the Premiership, it will be interesting to see how his fitness and more importantly his leg respond to the physical demands of the Championship.  Despite being Welsh, can you see hard tackling players such as Robbie Savage, in a Derby County-Nottingham Forest derby going easy on Ramsey?  I certainly can’t, so again his move will certainly act as a good test to see if he can still compete on a competitive platform

With Fabregas more often than not, stating his desire to move to the Nou Camp, it will inevitably be the likes of Ramsey and Wilshere who will step up to take the Spaniards place at the helm. This is exactly why the Gunners need Ramsey to be back to full fitness and running on all cylinders. His experience at Forest will definitely be a stepping stone in his career, whether it will be an influential move, time will only tell. I’m sure Wenger will look tentatively at the television every evening after a Forest game but if Ramsey comes through his Championship test and shines, what will Wenger’s next step be?

Patrick Norwood, Upper90magazine.

(visit www.upper90magazine.wordpress.com)

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9 comments to Will Forest Help Ramsey Grow?

  • Paul C.

    Good stuff, Patrick.

    I agree with you about the Championship being a great place to hone skills. I would expect Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to follow that path in the New Year as well, perhaps to Forest.

    Aaron Ramsey is such a great talent. I hope this loan spell goes well. As you say, if he can handle the physical stuff over the next month then he should come back to us in great shape!!!

  • Paul I agree, I think that Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will be loaned out to a Championship side and I think he really will thrive in the division. Not only is he technically good, but he definitely has the frame for the physical stuff!

    Have a read of ‘The Championship, The wonder kids shop window’! It express’s my views on why the top British talent is now coming from the Championship…

    http://upper90magazine.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/the-championship-the-wonder-kids-shop-window/

  • super sam super sam

    i’d hope samir takes over for cesc if for whatever reason he does leave

    but i see what you mean, and undoubtedly wilshere and ramsey are very talented.

  • jackie wilshere

    great article.
    insightful as always! keep it up.

  • bc

    The way i see it is that it wont be long until the likes of Fabregas, Arshavin and Rosicky move on (there is £80m for the defensive transfer kitty there), then there is always the injury doubts over RVP. I honestly believe that next season you could see Nasri, Ramsey and Wilshere all playing together, with Song sitting behind and 2 up front. Although there will be times when we need to be a little more defensive and play a 2nd holding midfielder, hopefully in the shape of Lansbury or very defensively in the shape of Frimpong/Coquelin.
    Not to mention the likes of Aneke, Afobe, JET, Silva, Miyachi coming through, the Arsenal conveyer belt could save us millions in the attacking department, the unfortunate thing is that to produce a teenage defender that can step into the 1st team, is very rare indeed, so that is where we need to spend our transfer budget.

  • walter

    Great article and you have lifted one of my doubts concering the way NOttingham play their football. If it would be a team that just kick the long ball he would be wasted.
    I really really hope that he will come good in the end and we dont have to see at another Eduardo with much potential but never be able to make it completely.

  • Mihir Saudagar

    @Patrick
    Nice link there. However, I was wondering if the English youth policy still insisted that clubs can sign youth academy players from a set radius around the club. With that being the case, would it not be more a case of luck for such gems to appear at other clubs?
    I am sure the premier league clubs would have otherwise easily monopolized the youth market if this were not so.

  • RedGooner

    Hope you are right on JET he is crying out to be played more often and is essential to his development.

    It is interesting watching all these players right now, we have more comming through then I ever expected. I think it will be a real headache trying to fit them all in and keep them all happy.

    Interesting times ahead for Wengers youth project I think, even our carling cup team is so strong now it looks tough for all the youngsters.