My concern is who we replace him with. The only credible name we’ve been linked to is N’Zonzi and that hardly inspires confidence.
Like it or not, Ramsey is considered to be one of our better players and has produced some important performances / goals for us in Cup finals etc. He has a bit of that talismanic presence for us. Our collective “fear factor” as a team diminishes if he leaves. Fan morale will also decrease, it just puts us on a bit of a downer unless we replace him well. He’s not the be all and end all for our squad, but he is a relatively big name and his departure will harm us.
If we do lose him, I fear we won’t replace him with real quality and we slip further into the realm of mediocrity. Selling and replacing him could also be seen as a bit of an opportunity to upgrade a key starting player, but I don’t see it happening which is why I’m reluctant for us to let him go. We should attempt to do a Liverpool and extend his contract but then sell him next summer for a good profit. I’d be very disappointed if we lost an asset with a lot of value for nothing next summer. The fact it’s got to this stage leaves us extremely vulnerable.