Sheffield United goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale, has been given the full backing of England under-21 manager, Aidy Boothroyd.
Ramsdale’s start to life back at Bramall Lane hasn’t quite gone how he’d have liked it. He’s yet to keep a clean-sheet while United haven’t won a single game this term as yet.
But the young stopper has played during the break for the Young Lions and Boothroyd has given his full backing to the Blades ace.
“Let me be clear he is our number one, on and off the pitch. He is a brilliant guy to have around”, Boothroyd said. (quotes via the Sheffield Star)
“He has had a bit of a tough time at the minute but I’m sure him and his club will turn the corner. He has got exactly the right character, he is going to be a top goalkeeper and we are really lucky to have him.”
Ramsdale came back to S2 following a few seasons with Bournemouth and has the unenviable task of replacing Dean Henderson.
A number of debatable goals being conceded haven’t helped his cause, neither has the rest of the Blades squad being woefully out of form.
However, Ramsdale will be looking to get that first clean-sheet of the season this weekend when David Moyes’ West Ham visit Bramall Lane.
Not Henderson, but he was never going to be
The comparisons with Dean Henderson were always going to come but the reality is, they shouldn’t.
Ramsdale is his own man and goalkeeper and while we all know how good Henderson was, he also had a team in front of him playing a lot better.
Of course, he can help himself by cutting out the small errors and being more assertive but that will come with confidence. Hopefully, with a few wins and that eventual shut out, Ramsdale can prove himself to be a fine goalkeeper for years to come at United.