Former West Ham and Newcastle United goalkeeper, Shaka Hislop, has backed Dean Henderson to take over from David De Gea as early as next season.
Henderson has kept ten clean sheets for the Blades this term. His form has been impressive, with some pundits and fans calling for the 22-year-old to replace David De Gea in the sticks at Old Trafford already.
De Gea has been in patchy form for the past 18 months now. However, with the Red Devils picking up of late, the pressure has dipped off of De Gea’s shoulders somewhat.
But Hislop, who was speaking on ESPN, insists that Henderson is ready now and should take over from De Gea from next season.
“The thing for me is, I’m happy to have Henderson between the sticks for Manchester United,” Hislop said. (Quotes from the Express)
“I think he’s shown more than enough that he is ready to inherit a big pair of gloves left by David de Gea, who’s simply been outstanding but has not been himself for the last couple of years.”
Henderson has frequently insisted that he wants to succeed at Old Trafford. Indeed, it has been his lifelong dream to wear the number one shirt for the Red Devils.
However, with De Gea still only 29, the Sheffield United man might have to wait his turn. That, of course, could play into the Blades’ hands and give them a chance of landing him for a third spell next season.
More backing for one of the best
The longer the season has gone on the more people have sat up and taken notice of Dean Henderson.
A number of fine saves, including a stunning triple stop against Norwich, have boosted Henderson’s profile again in recent weeks. It is, therefore, pretty obvious that an England call is on the way for the goalkeeper.
Shaka Hislop knows his stuff when it comes to goalkeepers, too. Having played over 200 times in the Premier League, Hislop is suitably qualified to comment on Henderson’s abilities.