It is still hard to believe that five years have past since Wales enjoyed an unbelievable run at Euro 2016. Chris Coleman’s side were fearless that summer and after Leicester City had won the league in defiance of all betting odds, anything was possible. Sadly, The Dragons went out to eventual winners Portugal, but the tournament boosted the European reputation of a lot of Welsh players — especially midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
When many had written him off after persistent injuries and a nasty leg break looked to hamper a promising career, Ramsey enjoyed a great Euros which really boosted his stock. Two years later, he was one of Arsenal’s most crucial components, but with the side dropping out of the Champions League and seemingly unable to match Ramsey’s ambitions, he parted ways with the Gunners for Italian champions Juventus.
While Ramsey enjoyed a bright start to life in Turin, the frequent changes in management, system and tactics have left him surplus to requirements and he has been put up for sale. At 30 years old, Ramsey still has a good number of years ahead of him before his swansong and we believe there will be a number of suitors interested in his services. The Welshmen is still explosive and possesses creative passing and end product that would be an asset to a number of sides. With that in mind, here are some of the best options for Aaron Ramsey if he is to leave Juventus.
If rumours that the Old Lady are sniffing around Everton midfielder Allan then this is a move that could realistically happen sooner rather than later. With Ramsey as a paperweight to ensure the deal for the Brazilian goes through, Juventus could score a starting player while the Welshmen ensures more first team football himself.
While the Toffees are hardly contenders in the title race in any betting tips, they have a dedicated following that would love Ramsey in their side. With James Rodríguez departing for Qatar, Everton need that cult hero to fall in love with and working alongside Rafael Benítez, a coach who has a knack for developing creative centre midfielders, we could see a match made in heaven. Although missing out on Champions League football is not ideal, Ramsey could become the main man at Goodison rather than a bit part player.
During his time at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers was thwarted in the title race and a key moment in the Reds season was a November trip to the Emirates, where Ramsey tore the Reds apart. The way his Leicester side play encumbers a similar philosophy to that Arsenal side, with focus on quick passing and third man runs, and while the Foxes have looked a shadow of their former selves at times this season, securing Ramey’s signature could be what they need to boost morale at the King Power.
Leicester aren’t afraid to splash the cash when the right player becomes available and Ramsey would slot right in to a talented Leicester midfield alongside Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi.
Return to Arsenal
Mikel Arteta is crying out for creativity in his midfield. The Gunners spent big on Martin Ødegaard this summer and while the Norwegian has displayed glimpses of talent, they are far to sporadic and having a player like Ramsey among the ranks could get the best out of that dressing room — the ability is there, we are still just unsure if Arteta is the man to take them in the right direction.
An acquisition like Ramsey would provide support in front of the defence as well as contributions in terms of goals and assists. Furthermore, for the young players like Albert SambiLokonga, having someone with European experience to pick things up from and base their game off will help Arsenal in the long term — the only real question is if the owners will get the cheque-book out again come January.