Dean Henderson - English Talent Series

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

@deanhenderson is having a cracker in goal for @sheffieldunited this season in the @premierleague. 10 clean sheets for The Blades this term, a 37% CS ratio, places him second in the league behind Nick Pope of Burnley. Conceding 22 in 27, Henderson has demonstrated fine form and consistency. Only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals this season than The Blades.

Henderson’s season-long loan will come to an end, leaving Manchester United with a big decision to make regarding his future. Speculation as to whether he’s ready to fill the boots as United’s Number 1 is rising, with De Gea having been somewhat off-form for the past season or so. As Henderson has thrived, De Gea has faltered. Some predict De Gea will hold as United’s favoured keeper for one more season, whilst others suggest United will be open to offers before the Spaniard turns 30 to maximise their transfer budget.

One thing for certain is that Henderson will not be satisfied sitting on the bench. A likely scenario, if Henderson doesn’t become United’s 1, is another season out at Sheffield. If he continues to develop at the rate we’ve seen this season, we could see some even better stats in the future even if he remains out on loan.

The bigger question is, does the 23 year old stand a chance as England’s Number 1? Nick Pope has been outstanding this term, whilst Pickford hasn’t shone as quite so brightly since the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Henderson was called up for EC qualifiers in 2019 to replace the injured Tom Heaton, a veteran shot stopper, but is yet to make any impression.

Goalkeepers aren’t big PB winners on the Football Index just yet, but media hype does play a part in the speculation surrounding Henderson’s big future ahead.

Do you think Henderson deserves to be United’s Number 1? And will he get a shot as England’s starting Goalkeeper in the near future?

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