Dean Henderson is a big favourite amongst the Sheffield United fans, but come the summer, the Blades will be on the lookout for replacements.
It’s no secret that Henderson wants to fulfil his dream of playing for Manchester United. Whether he can do that, with David De Gea sticking around, is another matter.
Furthermore, Sergio Romero has also confirmed he plans on staying at Old Trafford. That, coupled with De Gea, presents Henderson with quite the conundrum in the summer months.
However, the Blades cannot afford to sit around and wait. While Chris Wilder would no doubt love to see ‘Deano’ return on a permanent or even another loan deal, the United boss will have to make contingency plans.
Simon Moore is on the books, as is Michael Verrips, while Wilder chose to sell Aaron Ramsdale last year, a decision which could well backfire in hindsight.
So, with a big summer ahead for the Blades, who could they look to sign to replace the brilliant Man United loanee?
We’ve taken a look at three potential replacements for Dean Henderson…
If Sheffield United want to go with someone who is capable of being number one for a number of years, Butland could be the man.
Stoke are desperate to cut their wage bill, meaning Butland is likely to go. He’s already got experience with both England and the Premier League, so the transition should be seamless.
He’s still only 26 too, meaning his prime years are still ahead of him.
If Chris Wilder wants to bring in an assured and safe pair of hands, then he needn’t look much further than Darren Randolph.
The Republic of Ireland stopper is one of the finest goalkeepers outside the Premier League. However, he has been linked with a move back to West Ham in recent days, so a move could well depend on that happening.
Another highly-rated Championship stopper, Daniel Bentley only moved to Bristol City in the summer from Brentford.
However, he’s once again shown what he is all about. Big, commanding, and an excellent shot-stopper, there’s little that Bentley hasn’t got in the locker when it comes to being a top goalkeeper.
At 26, he’s the same age as Jack Butland and would represent a solid long-term option for the Blades.