How Manchester United talent Dean Henderson is faring: Sheffield United view
Manchester United talent Dean Henderson secured a huge step up this season with his second loan to Sheffield United.
Henderson helped the Blades win promotion to the Premier League last season and he is now playing regularly in the top flight.
We spoke to Sheffield United News lead writer Tom Seymour about Henderson’s start and future potential.
How is Dean Henderson coping in the Premier League?
Like the majority of the Sheffield United squad, Henderson is adjusting to life in the Premier League and discovering that it is a big step up. That said, like most of the squad it’s also becoming apparent that it is a step up that he can make.
Henderson was in fine form on the opening day against Bournemouth and in truth had little to do against a poor Crystal Palace side in gameweek two. Chris Wilder was critical of the entire team during the defeat to Leicester, but there wasn’t much a goalkeeper could do about that absolute worldie of a winner from Harvey Barnes.
However, Wilder publicly admitted he singled out Henderson for criticism at half-time at Chelsea and he should certainly have done better for Tammy Abraham’s second. But it worked, as he had a much better second half and pulled off one incredible save to deny Abraham his hat-trick.
How good can Henderson become?
The good thing about Henderson is he has enormous self belief and won’t be fazed by playing against some of the best players in the world.
On the flip side, he is still young and will have to learn from his mistakes on the job. It may be why Gareth Southgate left him out of his latest England squad as Nick Pope just has that little bit more about him in the top flight at the moment.
Yet I truly believe that Henderson will go onto become an established Premier League ‘keeper and member of the England squad. Whether that is at Manchester United is less certain, but the Blades would not have been able to re-sign him if they didn’t get promoted.
Henderson was the standout goalkeeper in the Championship last season, keeping more clean sheets than any other and being part of the joint best defence in the division. He should have been in the team of the year.
His start to the new campaign could probably be defined as average to good, but there is so much room for improvement and under Wilder he will be given the time and structure to do that.
Henderson is in the perfect place to develop and it made complete sense for Manchester United to loan him back out.
This season in the Premier League will be invaluable and Henderson still has plenty of learning to do. His performance at the European under-21 Championships shows he can be prone to making errors along with his outstanding reflexes.
Unfortunately for us, David de Gea’s form is beginning to be a bit of a concern again, conceding a soft goal against Crystal Palace and failing to come for a cross against Southampton which led to their goal.
Combined with his expiring contract, it is a bad mix, and United might very well need Henderson next season. This is his year to show he deserves a shot to compete if De Gea leaves.
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