Pretty much a season to forget for Eddie Howe and his side. A final day thumping of Everton couldn’t guarantee their survival. They are now in the Championship, after some dismal performances. Despite all of that, they can be happy about one thing, the rise of the young Aaron Ramsdale and how he put the goalkeeper crisis of the Cherries to bed.

Goalkeeping was a situation that Howe had to tackle at the Vitality stadium. After Begovic moving out, and Boruc not keeping up to the standards, Eddie Howe decided to give a young Aaron Ramsdale a leap of faith. The Sheffield United academy graduate grabbed it with both hands and didn’t ever look back.

Bournemouth had one of the worst defenses in the league, the one which conceded 65 goals. It was not the goalkeeper who let the team down. Instead, it was the defense that couldn’t help the goalkeeper in the fight for survival. If the defenders were up to the mark as their goalkeeper, Vitality wouldn’t have been hosting Championship games next season.

The highlights of the breakout season of Aaron Ramsdale

Despite the defensive fragilities of the team, Aaron Ramsdale has claimed some outstanding numbers throughout the season. The Stoke-on-Trent born goalkeeper won the Club’s player of the award twice and grabbed a man-of-match honor for his performances for his display against Brighton and Hove Albion. If we think more about that, he needed more than he got.

Only Tim Krul and Martin Dubrawaka have made more saves than Aaron Ramsdale(129) this season. He has averaged 3.49 saves per game this time while boasting a save success percentage of 67.54%. He is not hesitant to put his body on the line or come out of his box to deny a goal, which is evident from the fact that he has made 13 sweeper clearances in the Premier League. 

Have a peek at the video below to see how good the Bournemouth man was. If it wasn’t for this guy, the Cherries could’ve sealed their fate even before Norwich City.

The saves that kept the dragged the relegation fight till the last day.

The future?

That’s a big question mark for the former Sheffield United shot-stopper. He is Premier League quality, and clubs will be looking to get him on the cheap, just because Bournemouth got relegated.

You did what you could Aaron Ramsdale.(Image courtesy: https://twitter.com/AaronRamsdale98/media))

He will be a good fit for Chelsea, who is looking to replace Kepa between the sticks. What about a return to his boyhood club? It can well be on the cards if Dean Henderson goes back to his parent club Manchester United.

Tottenham is poaching the Bournemouth goalkeeper, with Lloris entering his final year in the contract. Let it be any club the fact is Aaron Ramsdale is worth the risk, and an investment for the future.

For the present, we think it will be better for the young Englishman if he stays put at the Vitality stadium. Eddie Howe will be counting on him for his charge for an early return to the Premier League.

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