Chris Wilder backs Aaron Ramsdale to fill the Sheffield United gloves vacated by Dean Henderson… and believes summer signing has a future with England too
- Aaron Ramsdale joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth during the summer
- He replaces Dean Henderson, who went back to Manchester United after loan
- Henderson’s Blades’ form helped him break into the England senior 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.
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 goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale joined Sheffield United from Bournemouth
He replaces Dean Henderson, who has gone back to Manchester United after his loan spells
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 on Monday evening at home to Wolves, whose manager Nuno Espirito Santo on Sunday signed a new three-year contract to end speculation over his future at Molineux.
Blades boss Chris Wilder is hoping to develop another England goalkeeper in Ramsdale