Slavisa Jokanovic handed a Championship debut to Robin Olsen on Tuesday evening, as a late Preston North End equaliser denied The Blades all three points.
The 31-year-old shot-stopper joined the Yorkshire club on deadline day, becoming one of three moves that the club made on August 31.
Joining the Championship side from Roma, after spending the summer impressing with Sweden during Euro 2020, Olsen’s error allowed Daniel Johnson to level the score at 1-1 after 19 minutes.
Olsen was the fourth different goalkeeper to start a Championship contest for The Blades this season, with Wes Foderingham, Michael Verrips, and Aaron Ramsdale, all being named in a starting XI before Olsen’s arrival.
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Speaking to Football Insider about Olsen in the context of the rest of the season, Paddy Kenny said: “I’d definitely back him to improve.
“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.”
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Despite not making the start he would have wanted, it is hard to argue that he can become an excellent signing.
His experience of the highest level of football in different countries, coupled with the knowledge that comes with representing his country on the world’s biggest stages, means that he can bring a lot to the Championship.
He is also 31, an excellent age for a goalkeeper, and will be hoping that he can only get better after Tuesday.
Olsen did actually enjoy a good game apart from his early mistake, and it is clear to see that they have a good player in the Swede.