Aaron Ramsdale knows he is going to be compared to Dean Henderson after completing his transfer to Sheffield United.

Ramsdale has returned to the club he left in January 2017 in an £18.5m deal (BBC Sport). The goalkeeper has spent the past three-and-a-half years at Bournemouth and was named their player of the season in 2019/20.

Yet the 22-year-old has some big gloves to fill at the Blades, who will be without Henderson between the posts for the first time since 2018.

The Manchester United stopper spent two successive campaigns on loan at Bramall Lane. During that time he helped them to promotion from the Championship and a triumphant return to the Premier League.

It had initially been hoped Henderson would come back for a third year. But when that looked unlikely, the South Yorkshire club instead turned their attention to Ramsdale.

Ramsdale understands the big task ahead at Sheffield United

Dean Henderson

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Like Henderson, the new Blades signing is an England Under-21 international and a highly rated young ‘keeper.

Ramsdale probably isn’t at the same level as his predecessor, though, who has already been called up to the Three Lions senior squad.

However, he plans to not only “emulate” what Henderson has achieved at United, but “better it”.

“I know how well, obviously, Deano did last year. So there’s going to be comparisons,” Ramsdale told the club’s website after signing.

“We’re not the same ‘keeper, we’re not the same person, but I definitely know what he’s achieved at this football club and I’ve got to try and emulate that and better it.”

A lot has changed since Ramsdale was last with the Blades, who were in League One at the time and just six months into having Chris Wilder as manager.

Two promotions and a ninth place finish in the top flight have since followed. In fact, the £1m (BBC Sport) received for Ramsdale helped kick-start that by providing Wilder with funds to improve his squad.

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