Aaron Ramsey was labelled ‘The Prince of Wales’ after laying on the charm offensive at his Juventus unveiling… but injuries and a failure to convince Maurizio Sarri means he could already be heading back to the Premier League after just a year
- Aaron Ramsey is on the verge of leaving Juventus after just one season
- There had been high hopes for the Welshman at his unveiling last summer
- However, his time in Turin has been hampered by injuries and lack of game time
- Spurs are the front runners for Ramsey who is likely to have plenty of suitors
Aaron Ramsey is laying on the charm offensive as the Welshman looks to woo the Italian press ahead of an exciting new chapter in the midfielder’s career.
Dressed in a slick, smart black suit emblazoned with the crest of his new club, the former Arsenal star is keen to show the fans, club and media that he is willing to acclimatise to his new surroundings.
‘Thank you all for being here today,’ he tells the media in his rudimentary Italian. ‘I’m happy to have come to Juve, one of the biggest teams in the world. Sorry my Italian is not very good, but I am studying.’
Aaron Ramsey’s (right) time at Juventus looks set to be over before it truly started this summer
The Welshman laid on the charm offensive at his Juve unveiling and endeared himself to fans
However, he is nearing the exit door with the Italian giants putting him on the transfer list
Ramsey’s free transfer from north London to Turin had at one point been the worst kept secret in football, and by the time of his unveiling there were still murmurs of disbelief that the Welshman was to become the second-highest paid player at the club on £400,000-per-week, behind only one Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Old Lady have a strong relationship with Welsh players, and fans welcomed Ramsey with open arms, hoping the midfielder could emulate the likes of countrymen John Charles and Ian Rush before him.
But Ramsey’s whirlwind adventure looks likely to be over before it truly started. Reports this week suggest that the Italians are looking to cut the Welshman loose this summer as a result of the financial ramifications of the coronavirus crisis.
Ramsey had a great start to life at Juve, scoring on his debut against Hellas Verona
He was hailed as ‘The Prince of Wales’ and the media excited over Ramsey’s performance
AARON RAMSEY AT JUVENTUS 2019-20
Games played: 24
Minutes played: 1,097
It would spell a wholly disappointing end to his 12 months in Turin, where he hasn’t really had the opportunity to get going.
Ramsey sat out the first two games of the season – against Parma and Napoli – owing to fitness problems. Juve boss Maurizio Sarri named him on the bench for the Fiorentina tie, but it wasn’t until Hellas Verona came to town that the Juventus masses could catch a glimpse of their new man in action.
And as far as debuts go, it couldn’t have gone much better for the Welshman. After conceding a surprise opener, Ramsey picks up the ball on edge of the box from Ronaldo, sets himself and strikes from distance, seeing the ball arrow beyond the visitors’ keeper.
Juve went on to clinch a 2-1 win, and Ramsey’s glittering display did not pass the attention of the Italian press, with one outlet naming him ‘The Prince of Wales’, while fans took to the Welshman’s nickname at Arsenal – ‘Rambo’.
Gazzetto dello Sport wrote a rave review of Ramsey’s performance, saying: ‘A goal in his debut against Verona, just like his compatriot John Charles 62 years ago: Aaron is the midfielder the Old Lady have missed in recent years.’
Ramsey started in the following two games – against Brescia and SPAL – before finding himself on the bench for the mammoth tie against Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.
However, injuries and inconsistent game time has hampered his progress at the Old Lady
The 29-year-old’s time at Arsenal was on occasion hampered by injuries and he was unable to shirk off niggles in Italy, missing out on games against Bologna and Lecce due to a thigh strain.
Of the next five games, Ramsey made just one start, against Atalanta, with Sarri opting for the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala, and Blaise Matuidi favoured over the club’s second-highest earner.
Injury struck again ahead of the Lazio game, and the Welshman would make fleeting starts here and there, failing to find the required game time that generates consistent performances.
The final game before the suspension of Italian football due to the coronavirus crisis saw Ramsey play his first full 90 minutes for the club, against Inter in a behind-closed-doors game, 34 games after making his debut for the club. He scored in that game and the previous outing against SPAL, in a strong flourish before the break.
Ramsey played his first full 90 mins against Inter before the break of play, and he scored
Despite his performance before the break in play, Sarri is still unconvinced by Ramsey
Three months of reflection has done little to change the mind of Sarri, though, who remains unconvinced by the former Arsenal star. Ramsey failed to make the matchday squad for the club’s first game back, a 0-0 draw against AC Milan in the Coppa Italia.
On the face of it, it appears the Welshman has done very little wrong to be one of the names earmarked to leave Juve this summer. A combination of injuries, a lack of game time owing to competition in midfield, an unconvinced manager and the financial constraints of an unprecedented crisis have all served to damage Ramsey’s chances of success in Italy.
But he is a model professional who can still be of immense value to a number of top teams across Europe, and should he leave this summer, it’s more than likely that a return to the Premier League is on the cards.
Recent reports suggest Spurs are looking to land Ramsay on a loan deal, in what would be a major coup for Arsenal’s biggest rivals.
And Ramsey is likely to be offered a Premier League lifeline should he leave this summer
Recent reports suggest Spurs are interested in recruiting the Welshman on a loan deal
Jose Mourinho’s side are lacking the sort of energy and dynamism that the 29-year-old brings, with the likes of Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks offering a fairly pedestrian pace in midfield.
Giovanni Lo Celso has been a shining light for Spurs in what has been an underwhelming campaign for the club, and the prospect of the Argentine linking up with Ramsey is certainly a tantalising thought for Spurs fans.
But the competitor in Ramsey is hardly likely to let his Juventus dream die without putting up a fight, given his propensity to prove his doubters wrong – as he did time and again during his time at The Emirates.
Unfortunately, the chance to fight for his place has seemingly been taken out of his hands, with what is set to be an intriguing summer ahead for the Welshman.
Ramsey would offer the energy and dynamism that Spurs have lacked this season
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