Aaron Ramsdale was one of the surprise call-ups to the England squad this summer but he seems to grasping his opportunity with both hands.
Despite playing second – and probably third fiddle – to Jordan Pickford, Ramsdale is said to have impressed the Three Lions staff. His rise to Euro 2020 squad member capped a remarkable season for the Blades star.
After a miserable opening few months in the United sticks, ‘Rambo’ turned things around. His form in the second half of the season was superb, and he was rightly given the nod to replace Dean Henderson.
Arsenal are said to be keen on signing Ramsdale. But the Blades are said to want around £40m for their man. Whether we get that, or whether someone is willing to pay anywhere near that, remains to be seen.
But while some Arsenal fans aren’t keen on the idea of landing Ramsdale, the latest footage from England’s training camp might change their minds.
Taken from YouTube’s ‘Inside England Training’ series for Euro 2020, Ramsdale can be seen being put to the test against some of the best.
Impressively, Ramsdale denies Phil Foden on more than one occasion – including a fine close-range stop – while Bukayo Saka struggles to find a way past the United stopper as well.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin does do a tad better in fairness, but overall, along with Sam Johnstone, Ramsdale puts up a good showing.
You can view Ramsdale’s efforts from around the 7 minute mark in the footage.
While most United fans would want Ramsdale to stay put, it’s hard to see him not wanting a move now he’s got the tast of England duty. And playing in the Premier League will help him with future chances.
Of course, Arsenal might not be the move for him. He’ll play second choice to Bernd Leno there. That lack of game time could shove him down the pecking order with the Three Lions.
At least with United, he’s the number one. He’ll play every game, and a season in the Championship might do him good. We’ll likely have more of the ball. We’ll also concede less chances, whichi makes his job easier.
But there is that element of worry now. Once players get that feel of being around the elite, they often want it to carry on. Hopefully, Ramsdale feels his future is in S2, while the board’s asking-price might keep Arsenal at bay.