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Ramsdale out of form and should possibly be dropped, but abuse must stop

Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is out of form.

Ramsdale returned to Bramall Lane in an £18.5m deal (BBC Sport) last summer with the unenviable task of replacing Dean Henderson.

Henderson spent two successful seasons on loan with the Blades. During that time they were promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 12 years and then achieved their highest finish since 1992.

Much of that success was built on a solid defence and Henderson played a key role in that.

Which is why it was no surprise when Manchester United decided to give the 23-year-old a chance in the first team and the Blades had to look elsewhere.

They turned to Ramsdale, who had left the club three-and-a-half years earlier to join Bournemouth.

Since then the 22-year-old has played in all but one of the Blades’ games in all competitions this term.

The latest of which was Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round victory over League One’s Plymouth Argyle.

While his team won, Ramsdale came in for more criticism after failing to stop a shot from Panutche Camara in the 2-1 win at Bramall Lane.

It was the latest mistake from the England Under-21 international in a campaign in which there’s already been a fair few.

Ramsdale form is a concern, but trolls have lost perspective

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On this website, we have questioned several times whether Ramsdale should spend some time out of the starting XI.

We stand by that, too. Ramsdale looks nervous and is making the defence in front of him equally on edge.

For a team who have built their recent success on a solid back line, this is a major problem.

The Blades have three other ‘keepers available in Wes Foderingham, Simon Moore and Michael Verrips. In truth, Foderingham is the only one likely to replace Ramsdale.

Part of the reason we think the out of form stopper needs time away from the limelight is for his own self confidence. It may help the team, but it may also help Ramsdale find a much needed morale boost.

Yet what is completely unacceptable is the abuse the ‘keeper is receiving online from so-called fans. A quick search of his name on social media reveals the extent of this vile behaviour.

Ramsdale has called out trolls before in 2020/21 after making another error in a 4-1 defeat at Chelsea.

He is a young man who is trying his very best. There is no question Ramsdale cares, as shown by the anguish on his face when Camara scored at the weekend.

Supporters need to get behind him during this low point. Criticism is fine and sometimes warranted, but abuse isn’t and never will be acceptable.

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