Unique: David Seaman backs Aaron Ramsdale to become England’s number one

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Exclusive: David Seaman backs Aaron Ramsdale to become England's number one

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman believes that Aaron Ramsdale has a “nice probability” of turning into England‘s number one within the coming years.

The 24-year-old’s arrival on the Emirates in 2021 was met with loads of criticism by followers, who questioned the signing of a goalkeeper who had suffered relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United.

Nonetheless, Ramsdale has confirmed to be an astute acquisition for the Premier League leaders thus far, having instantly displaced Bernd Leno as Mikel Arteta‘s first-choice shot-stopper.

Becoming into the Spaniard’s fashion of play together with his eye-catching distribution and footwork, Ramsdale has 27 clear sheets to present from 67 Arsenal video games, together with 12 shut-outs within the present Premier League season.

The England worldwide sits joint-top of the Premier League’s clear sheet charts for the season alongside Newcastle United’s Nick Pope, and with Ramsdale in between the sticks, Arsenal have become the primary group in English Soccer League historical past to win 5 successive London derbies away from dwelling with 5 clear sheets.

Arsenal and England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale pictured on November 18, 2022.

Ramsdale has performed an integral position within the Gunners’ surge to the highest of the Premier League desk and persistently earns call-ups to the England squad, however displacing Jordan Pickford for the nationwide group has been a thankless activity.

Since his first senior call-up in June 2021, Ramsdale has solely earned three caps for the Three Lions, making his debut in a 10-0 World Cup qualifying win over San Marino earlier than additionally that includes in UEFA Nations League clashes with Hungary and Italy final summer time.

The 24-year-old was an unused substitute all through the World Cup as Pickford continued to show his price to England, however Seaman believes that the door will likely be open for Ramsdale if the Everton number one makes just a few errors.

Talking to Sports activities Mole on the London Soccer Awards, Seaman additionally empathised with Ramsdale on receiving criticism when he joined Arsenal, saying: “He is bought a terrific probability [to become England’s number one].

“Getting plenty of criticism when he got here to Arsenal is definitely what occurred to me, everyone did not need me right here.

David Seaman pictured in March 2020.

“That is precisely what I went by, however Aaron has proven precisely what sort of character he is bought and displaying his potential. It is a ready recreation, he is solely 24, he is bought to watch for Jordan to make just a few errors.”

Ramsdale has been provided safety by a settled backline of Ben White, William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Oleksandr Zinchenko all through the marketing campaign, permitting Arsenal to concede a mere 25 top-flight targets thus far this season – the joint second-best defensive report within the league alongside Manchester City and behind Newcastle United (19).

Throughout his period at Arsenal, Seaman performed behind a famed again 4 of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn, however he believes it’s unimaginable to evaluate the 2 rearguards.

“It is so tough to evaluate, they seem to be a settled again 4 and the strongest again 4 picks itself, and that is what used to occur in our day,” the 59-year-old added.

“It wasn’t by fluke that these guys have been so good, it was sheer onerous work, and I am certain that is what Mikel’s doing on the coaching floor, he is making them work onerous and for the time being it is working.”

Seaman gained a complete of 12 main honours with Arsenal – together with three top-flight crowns – in addition to incomes 75 caps for England between 1988 and 2002.