Amid an international break that’s taken it’s toll on Sheffield United, Aaron Ramsdale will return to Bramall Lane with his head held high.
The Blades’ new number one was in the sticks last night as the England under-21s stuttered to a victory over Turkey, with Eddie Nketiah becoming the record goalscorer in the process.
But it was Ramsdale who the Young Lions had to thank for sealing the win, as the Blades stopper dusted himself off from giving away a penalty to produce a fine stop from Halil Dervisoglu and ensure that Aidy Boothroyd’s men wrapped up the win.
For Ramsdale, it will represent a confidence boosting moment and something for him to build on when he returns to Shirecliffe this week. Despite doing little wrong, the stopper has endured a miserable start to life back in S2, losing all four games he has started in so far.
That, of course, means no clean-sheets. It will be something Ramsdale and the Blades’ back five will be desperate to put right when they face Fulham at Bramall Lane this coming weekend.
Unwarranted pressure and comments from some at times
The comparisons were always going to be there for Ramsdale with Dean Henderson. However irrelevant or unfair they are, it was going to come with the territory.
And that’s how it has been from some sections of United’s support, especially online. Yes, he might have done better with one of the Wolves goals but he’s done little else wrong in the four game so far.
Hopefully, this penalty save will give him a nice boost heading back to Sheffield. And it’s a boost United need.
Given we may have lost Burke, Fleck, Egan, and McGoldrick in the international break, any minor boost we can get is a bonus.