Aaron Ramsdale nails it as he explains how Sheffield United can arrest their slump in fortunes
Aaron Ramsdale has called on his Sheffield United teammates to rediscover the “don’t care” mentality that saw them shock the Premier League last season, despite admitting it isn’t always easy to get out of the losing habit after the Blades suffered their 28th league loss of the season on Saturday.
Ramsdale’s England U21 teammate Ebere Eze was the architect of Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win at Bramall Lane, making their first goal for Christian Benteke before scoring the second to seal another miserable afternoon for the relegated Blades
The freedom that many expected to see when the Blades’ long-awaited relegation from the Premier League has not materialised, and United will go into this weekend’s clash with Everton on the back of 12 defeats in their last 14 league games.
“We’re bottom of the table, we’ve had a tough year and there’s players lacking confidence,” Ramsdale admitted.
“That’s the only way I can think about it. It’s very hard to get out of a routine when you’re losing and have backs against the wall all the time, to try and be bullish and push your chests out and in people’s faces.
“That was the way Sheffield United got into this league and how they did it last year but we’ve had some tough breaks this season and gone away from that. We need to get back to that and have the don’t care mentality.”
After being scapegoated by some sections of the Blades support for their club’s poor results after his summer return to Bramall Lane from AFC Bournemouth, Ramsdale has emerged as one of the few positives for the Blades this season and showed his increasing confidence with a stunning save to prevent Benteke extending Palace’s lead with a header from close range on Saturday.
“We have to go into games thinking we have nothing to lose, and we have to play for ourselves and for the club,” Ramsdale added. “To get into the team next season, and for the fans. They want to see people getting up to the ball and making tackles and running the channels.
“We need to get back to that don’t care mentality and just go for it again.”