Chris Wilder backs Aaron Ramsdale to fill the Sheffield United gloves vacated by Dean Henderson… and believes he has a future with England too
- Aaron Ramsdale joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth during the summer
- He replaces Dean Henderson who returns back to Manchester United after loan
- Henderson’s Blades’ form helped him break into the England set-up
- Wilder hopes the same for Ramsdale ahead of opening day clash with Wolves
Chris Wilder always suspected Dean Henderson would return to Manchester United and compete for the No 1 jersey.
But the Sheffield United boss believes replacement Aaron Ramsdale is an England goalkeeper in the making and has spoken to Gareth Southgate about him.
Henderson — now a part of Southgate’s senior squad — has spent the last two years on loan at Bramall Lane but will this season challenge David de Gea.
England Under 21 keeper Aaron Ramsdale joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth
He replaces England keeper Dean Henderson who has gone back to Manchester United after an impressive loan spell at the Blades
Sheffield United (possible, 3-5-2): Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, Sharp.
Wolves (possible, 3-5-2): Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Traore, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Marcal; Jimenez, Jota.
Wilder signed Ramsdale for £18.5million from Bournemouth and said: ‘I think Dean was always going to challenge for No 1 (at United). But we’re delighted to get Aaron in.
‘I’ve had a conversation with Gareth about him and I listened to an interview he gave. He talked about Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford and then he talked about Aaron and he said how important it was for him to be included in that group.’ Wilder sold Ramsdale to Bournemouth in 2017 for £1m and, while he regrets that move, he sees a different player now.
‘If you take the sell-on (15 per cent) off, and look at what we paid for a young English goalkeeper who will get better and better, it was a fabulous piece of business from the club,’ he said.
Ramsdale will make his Blades debut this evening at home to Wolves, whose manager Nuno Espirito Santo on Sunday signed a new three-year contract.
Blades boss Chris Wilder is hoping to develop another England keeper in Ramsdale
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