Sheffield United boss believes The Blades have just signed one of England's most exciting young talents

Chris Wilder believes Sheffield United acquired one of England’s most talented young goalkeepers when Aaron Ramsdale completed his return to Bramall Lane.

Saturday, 22nd August 2020, 11:00 am

Ramsdale, previously of AFC Bournemouth, agreed a four year contract with the club where he started his professional career having undergone a medical earlier this week.

An England under-21 international, Ramsdale’s arrival fills the void created by Dean Henderson’s departure following two seasons on loan in South Yorkshire.

The Manchester United player is being tipped to represent his country at next summer’s European Championships; with Wilder predicting Ramsdale has the potential to eventually join him in Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.

“Aaron is right up there with the very best young ‘keepers in the country,” he said. “I didn’t want to let him go at the time, because he was a great player, but we had to because we needed to build. He'll grow and he'll keep on getting better."

Ramsdale, who is thought to have cost an initial £10m, progressed through United’s youth system before moving to Dorset midway through their 2016/17 League One title winning campaign. He made two appearances under Wilder but switched to Bournemouth when Wilder conceded it would be wrong to deny him an opportunity to play at the highest level. However, with United eventually joining them in the top-flight, Wilder swooped when Bournemouth were relegated last month. Ramsdale joins Wes Foderingham in what is expected to be a new look United squad, after the former Rangers goalkeeper was unveiled before the end of last term.

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Chris Wilder is delighted to have signed Aaron Ramsdale: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale signs for Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/Sportimage