Just a day after revealing how happy he was feeling with his return to full form since his horrific injury, Aaron Ramsey has been rocked by the news that he has been replaced as Wales captain.
The 21-year-old became the youngest captain in his countries history last year when he was awarded the duties by the late Gary Speed, but with Chris Coleman’s side failing to win their last four matches, the Welsh coach has been forced to make some changes.
Coleman was quick to quell any rumours that Ramsey was the reason why they have failed to win recently, which was capped off by a 6-1 demolition at the hands of Serbia, and that he believes the youngster will reclaim the armband one day but for now he can focus on his own game.
The Welsh boss reportedly said:
It wasn’t an easy decision. It’s something I looked at for a while. He’s [young], Aaron, and I think he’s felt the pressure as well. So I think for me, for us, we need to go in another direction anyway because what we’ve been doing is not working. So I wanted to make some changes. That was the biggest one, really.
But having spoke with him yesterday, he was incredibly mature about it and, if I’m honest, maybe a little bit relieved because there is a big pressure. I was very impressed with what he had to say and his reaction. He was very professional. He’s looking forward to the next game and meeting up. He’s still fully committed, as he has always been.
Aaron being captain is not the reason why we’ve been losing at all, but one of the reasons I’ve stuck to what was being done and not necessarily [done things] my own way and that’s my fault. I think I’d be a coward to get to this stage and not change things because the worst thing you can do is nothing and bury my head in the sand.
Ashley Williams has been named his replacement, and Coleman believes he is the best man for the job as the Swansea City defender has been captain in the past.
Handing the captaincy over will enable Ramsey to focus further on developing into the class midfielder he can be, and Coleman believes one day he will be the right man for the job.
It is a smart move by the Welsh boss as the youngster has had an enormous amount of pressure on his shoulders over the past year, and the last thing he needs to deal with is taking the fall for his countries poor performances.
It will also benefit for Arsenal too as he can focus solely on himself, continue his development and fight for a place among the top quality midfielders at the Emirates.
Chin up Ramsey.
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