Could it just have been a case of first game* nerves?
Or was he just being harshly criticised? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
I did say a couple of weeks ago that I hoped we wouldn’t get to a stage this season where we questioned every goal that Aaron Ramsdale conceded and using it as a chance to say ‘Dean Henderson would have done better’ or ‘Uğurcan Cakir would have saved that’, and whilst I personally am not getting into that debate right now, I get the feeling that it could very well be on the horizon after last night’s defeat at home to Wolves.
Especially after the comments made by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville during the half-time analysis. Commenting on the visitor’s second goal, the former England international wasn’t totally convinced by what he saw from the 22-year-old:
“It’s three or four yards inside the post, and it’s also I think a good foot underneath the bar. Honestly think there, from a goalkeeping point of view, he should be saving that.”
This was then followed up by the show’s host David Jones commenting that it was ‘a difficult debut’ for Ramsdale.
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It wasn’t a totally bad night for Ramsdale, after all he did make a very impressive save just moments before the second and later on in the game to keep the score down to 2-0. Overall I don’t think he did too badly, and it will be interesting to see how he performs moving forward as he tries to not only establish himself as our number one, but also try and force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
What about you? What did you make of Ramsdale’s first game back between the posts?
*I know it wasn’t actually his first game as he’s played for us before, but first game in the Premier League/in his second stint, call it what you will.