Wales Boss Chris Coleman recently hit out at those who have been criticising Aaron Ramsey.
When Rambo signed from Cardiff in 2008, the Welshman was tipped for great things. During his first season he featured nine times in the Premier League and during his second he appeared 18, scoring three goals and assisting the same amount.
However, just two years later his progress was halted when a horrendous ‘tackle’ from Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross broke his leg, leaving him sidelined for 248 days.
Even after loan spells with Nottingham Forest and former club Cardiff City, the midfielder has never quite reached the potential everyone thought he would, despite looking as if he would in 2013/14 when he netted 10 League goals in 23 games.
Ramsey’s passing can be a little slopping, he’s injury-prone and, at times, frustrating to watch. Since he plays in central midfield – at the heart of all the action – he does tend to cop the blame for a lot of Arsenal’s poor performances and I think the fact that he was meant to be so much better than this also adds to some of the fans’ annoyance towards him.
This is something that Coleman has noticed.
“Since he moved from Cardiff to Arsenal he’s had one or two people quickly jumping on the bandwagon to criticise him,” the Wales boss, report The S*n.
“He’s an easy target and he’s had one or two criticising him but he’s a great player.
“I’ll always wonder [what would have happened] had we had him for the [Euro 2016] semi-final.
“I know how good he is and how good he was in the tournament. Under that type of pressure against that type of opposition he was absolutely magnificent. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever worked with — and I’ve worked with some good ones.
“When you take that type of quality out of any team then you are going to feel it.
“We definitely need him if we are going to do what we did before.”
Coleman has a point. It’s easy to blame Ramsey when really the entire team aren’t pulling their weight and fans appear much more willing to use the 26-year-old as a scapegoat than some of their favourite players. However, there’s no harm in noticing that he simply hasn’t reached his potential and pointing out when he does make mistakes.
Rambo’s could return to action against Liverpool on 4 March after recovering from a calf injury. He’s back in training.