Sheffield United fans make feelings known about keeping hold of key man in The Star's survey

Sheffield United supporters have picked Aaron Ramsdale as the player that United most need to keep hold of this summer as the Blades face up to the financial reality of relegation from the Premier League.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 4:00 pm

Last season’s demotion to the Championship will have an inevitable effect on United’s balance sheet, with departures of some of United’s star names somewhat inevitable.

Sander Berge is United’s most current saleable asset, with the Blades refusing to drop their valuation lower than £35m amid Arsenal’s interest in luring the Norwegian midfielder to the Emirates Stadium, while players such as Oli McBurnie, George Baldock and John Egan may also attract interest from other clubs.

Ramsdale, fresh from winning United’s player of the season award and being called up to the England squad for their pre-Euros friendly games, has also enhanced his reputation – and, in The Star’s big Blades fans’ survey, Ramsdale received an overwhelming thumbs-up from supporters.

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Almost 55 per cent of respondents to our survey picked Ramsdale as the player they would most like to hold on to this summer. Egan polled almost 28 per cent of the votes, with Berge attracting 14.5 per cent.

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The good news for United fans is that Ramsdale has no intention of seeking a move elsewhere this summer and is expected to start the new Championship season as Slavisa Jokanović’s undisputed No.1.

But for United, Ramsdale’s senior England call-up may see them revisit the goalkeeper’s contractual situation. He signed a four-year deal when he returned to Bramall Lane in the summer after a spell away at Bournemouth.

Aaron Ramsdale of England warms up prior to the international friendly match between England and Austria at Riverside Stadium (Stu Forster/Getty Images)