Former Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was named in the Sheffield United matchday squad for their Premier League opener against Wolves on Monday evening.
The 29-year-old was popular amongst Gers supporters during his five years at the club but was released earlier this summer, with Steven Gerrard appearing to make a dig at the Englishman shortly after his departure.
Fods endured a brief period of uncertainty as a free agent but then secured a ‘dream’ move to a Premier League club.
Delighted to sign for Sheffield United. Has always been my dream to get back to the Premier League. Will Give everything for the club ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/dtINogzA3k
— Wes Foderingham (@wes_foderingham) July 18, 2020
Sheffield United enjoyed a fantastic return to the top flight last season under Chris Wilder and with the outstanding Dean Henderson returning to Manchester United following his loan spell, the door looked ajar for Foderingham to fight for a starting spot.
That is, until the Yorkshire side spent a reported £18.5m on Aaron Ramsdale [BBC Sport], bringing the England youth international to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth as the club’s new no.1.
Sheffield United’s new No.1 🧤
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) August 19, 2020
Wilder’s squad selection for the Blades’ opening Premier League clash against Wolves on Monday night suggested that Foderingham will at least be their backup keeper this season, though.
He beat Simon Moore and former Netherlands youth international Michael Verrips to a spot on the bench for the home fixture.
It wasn’t the start to the season United would have been hoping for, with the visitors scoring twice in the opening six minutes on their way to a 2-0 win.
The fee paid for Ramsdale suggests he will start every league fixture he’s available for, but Foderingham will be hoping for opportunities in cup competitions, and he could make his competitive debut against Burnley in the second round of the League Cup on Thursday night.