No one is saying he should be undisputed starter though. But he's a more reliable competent in a midfield 2 than Ramsey.
Why do his positive features have to be inspiring? He does a simple job and does it reasonably well, it doesn't have to be specular.
I agree we should be aiming higher. Wilshere and Santi are effectively write offs at this point. Ramsey still has his flaws. I want another CM, we all do