Sky Sports have confirmed that young Lion Dean Henderson, is close to re-joining Premier League new boys, Sheffield United.
Following an impressive loan spell at the club last season, Aidy Boothroyd’s first choice for his England Under-21 side, will now be granted to continue his incredible journey at the Yorkshire club, this time in the Premier League.
It goes without saying, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder, will be delighted that his side have managed to secure the services of the promising 22-year-old for another season, but it will surely be a deal that suits those at Manchester United too.
The Red Devils have looked lively thus far in the summer transfer window, with various outgoings and some sumptuous incomings, but one of the most important signings that Ole Gunnar Soljskaer may perhaps be on the verge of getting over the line, is a new deal for Spaniard David De Gea.
Just months on from the increasing speculation that one of the world’s finest shot stoppers may have left Old Trafford on the cheap, in what would be a stunning turn of events, it now appears as though De Gea could be set to increase his stay at the club.
Suggestions are that Henderson would have benefitted from departure of Spain’s number one, with Soljskaer’s approach to youth evident. He may now be made to wait for his chance at one of the biggest clubs in the world, something that might have been an influential factor in the youngster deciding to link up with Wilder’s squad once more.
Returning to such an illustrious division after a lengthy spell away will almost definitely be a tough ask for the Blades, but the acquisition of Henderson will bring a sense of relieve. In a sense that he already knows the club and will not require a settling in period, not to mention the fact there is a bond between himself and the defenders at the club, built.
Last season Henderson together with his defence, contributed to an impressive 21 clean sheets, eventually helping his side complete a miraculous return the Premier League.
It will be interesting to see how Henderson can adapt to the set up in quality, something that his parent club Manchester United will be able to consider moving forward.
Furthermore, it will only enhance his chances of staking a claim for England’s number one spot, as at present the spot has not been nailed down to any one individual. Jordan Pickford is currently first choice for Gareth Southgate, but it could be argued that it is more to do with the lack of quality competition surrounding the Everton man.
This move may well be the catalyst for the former Shrewsbury Town loanee to get his career moving, if he can broadcast the magnificent ability that many feel he possesses next season, then it will leave Solskjaer with a major dilemma in the near future, especially if De Gea’s past struggles continue.
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By James Miller