Former Nottingham Forest loanee Aaron Ramsey produced a masterclass last night as Wales took a giant step towards the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
The Juventus star was scintillating as Rob Page’s team defeated Turkey 2-0 in Baku. Ramsey scored the first goal, with Swansea ace Conor Roberts scoring in injury-time.
The Wales midfielder has now scored 16 goals for his country having collected 64 caps. He looks integral to his nation’s chances of a good Euro 2020.
His form will come as no surprise to those of a Nottingham Forest persuasion.
The Reds shocked the Championship during the 2010/11 campaign when they swooped to sign Ramsey on loan from Arsenal.
It was only a short-term fix and was set up to allow the midfielder a chance to recover form an horrendous broken leg.
How did Ramsey get on at Forest?
It proved a frustrating loan spell – but through no fault of Ramsey’s.
The Arsenal man checked in amid Britain enduring some torrid weather, with snow storms sweeping the country.
Interestingly though he made five appearances for the Reds, with Billy Davies’ team losing just once.
Ramsey started two games and will go down in folklore as one of the eleven players on the pitch when Forest beat Derby County 5-2.
He was instrumental against the Rams that night and left the Forest faithful purring at his performance.
Ramsey also played in wins against Crystal Palace and Ipswich, a draw against Barnsley and a 1-0 defeat to Leicester.
Was Ramsey always set for stardom?
Prior to his leg break the Arsenal man was playing regularly for the Gunners.
As a result, Forest knew they were getting a talented player on loan.
His quality was there for all to see though. He patrolled the midfield with aplomb and in truth, looked far too good for the Championship.
Although it was only a brief spell at the City Ground his efforts live long in the memory.
He’s gone onto have a superb career.
Ramsey made 371 appearances for Arsenal and has played 65 times for Juventus.
He helped Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016, with Chris Coleman’s men capturing the hearts of his nation.
With a few more performances akin to that of last night, Ramsey might just lead Wales a step further this time around.
For Forest fans, his current form on the international stage is no surprise at all.