Gareth Southgate says Aaron Ramsdale can fight for England’s number one

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal warms up before the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsdale is one of the Premier League’s biggest surprises this season. After two consecutive relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United, the English keeper found a transfer to Arsenal.

Now on the big stage, he has impressed so far. He even was nominated for Premier League player of the month after his play in October.

This play caught the attention of England manager Gareth Southgate, who selected Ramsdale to the squad for the next round of World Cup qualifiers. Since his transfer to Arsenal, Ramsdale’s play seemed miles better than previously.

At both Bournemouth and Sheffield, he fell victim to conceding 128 goals in just two seasons. Currently, he only has four goals conceded in 7 matches. This includes an impressive four clean sheets.

If Ramsdale finds consistency in his matches, he’s on pace to concede less than 20 goals, a stark contrast from his last two Premier League campaigns.

Understandably, Ramsdale caught the eye of Southgate, who had high praise for the Arsenal shot-stopper.

“This is the third squad he has been in, we were impressed in the summer. He has started well at Arsenal, still a small sample of games and distribution with his feet is a bonus with the way they play at Arsenal. There is a fight on (for the starting spot.)”

Gareth Southgate

Despite the call-up, Ramdsale still has an uphill battle against current starter Jordan Pickford. Both made the squad for EURO 2020, but Pickford stole the show, featuring in every one of the team’s matches en route to a runners-up finish that captivated the entire nation.

On the other hand, Ramsdale rode the bench, failing to make a single appearance.

While Ramdsale is currently in better form, Southgate still has a tough decision to make. Pickford is currently England’s number one, and his play with the national team seems to only improve compared to his Everton performances.

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