Kenny delivers Olsen verdict after watching Sheffield United keeper in person
Paddy Kenny has insisted Sheffield United new signing Robin Olsen will “come good” after his debut mistake against Preston.
The former Blades goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, urged fans to persevere with the 31-year-old shot-stopper.
Olsen was caught cold by a long ball forward from Preston which found Daniel Johnson, who had the goal at his mercy with the Sweden international stuck in no man’s land.
Johnson’s 19th-minute strike levelled the game at 1-1, with the Blades going on to draw 2-2 after a devastating last-gasp equaliser from Emil Riis.
The Athletic’s Sheffield United writer Richard Sutcliffe quoted Olsen yesterday (September 16th) as saying he will “stay focused” and “move on” after the debut disappointment.
The keeper signed for the Blades on a deadline day loan deal from Italian side AS Roma.
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Olsen arrived as a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale, who departed for Arsenal in the summer window for an initial £24million.
Kenny praised the Swede’s performance aside from the error, insisting he will “come good” in a Sheffield United shirt.
“I’d definitely back him to improve,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“You’ve got to cut him a bit of slack, it’s his first game.
“He’ll be disappointed with the goal, but he made a really good one-on-one save, he commanded his box well and wasn’t afraid to get the defenders talking.
“He’s a Swedish international, he’s played a lot of games for them so I’m sure he will come good.
“He didn’t actually have a bad game.”
Sheffield United have struggled at the start of this season, picking up just six points from six games.
Olsen’s next chance to impress comes against Hull City tomorrow afternoon.