Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale admits he needs to improve his performances, but remains defiant about his position.
The summer signing admitted he ‘needed to step up to the plate’, speaking ahead of this week’s clash with high-flying Manchester United.
Ramsdale has made a number of errors this season which have, unfortunately, led to goals. That has, in turn, led to a fair share of criticism coming the Blades number one’s way, although some has been over the mark such is the modern way of life now.
And speaking to the media ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, Ramsdale offered an insight into how things are for him.
“There’s no feeling sorry for myself. I know I can and should be performing better. I’ve got to just try and help the team turn it around the best I can”, Ramsdale said.
The United number one has had unfair comparisons to last season’s loan hero, Dean Henderson. Indeed, ‘Hendo’ could well line up for Man United tomorrow, although he is still behind David De Gea in the pecking order.
Aaron Ramsdale hoping to learn from first six months
Despite the obvious errors by Ramsdale, it is clear he won’t be dwelling on those mistakes. He spoke about his hopes for the future further, and was bullish in his opinion that his first six months won’t define his spell back in Sheffield.
“You can’t dwell on these things. The best thing is I’ve been playing game after game. So I can get it out of my system sooner rather than later”, he added.
“I do think the lack of fans is hindering me a bit. I do feed off that buzz and like to bounce off them really. But I’m not shying away, I know 9/10 times a mistake leads to a goal. But I’m here for four or five years hopefully and this first six months is one I can learn from. It won’t define my time at Sheffield United.”
Ramsdale will simply have to keep going. He’s clearly got the backing of Chris Wilder and Alan Knill. However, if he does make a couple more high-profile errors, then Wes Foderingham may well be asking the question to Wilder about when his chance is coming.