Sheffield United are expected to start talks with Manchester United about re-signing Dean Henderson next season.
That is according to the Sheffield Star, who says negotiations will begin following the Blades’ final game of the season against Stoke City.
Henderson has played every minute of United’s successful Championship season so far. They secured promotion to the Premier League last weekend with a match to spare.
The 22-year-old has been among the best goalkeepers in the division this term and there are three key reasons he will probably return to Bramall Lane in 2019/20.
1. He wants to
“For me, personally, I was really emotional and I’ve just told the gaffer then ‘don’t let me leave’,” Henderson told the Blades’ official YouTube channel.
“Obviously, it comes down to the two clubs to agree on money and stuff, so I’ll be itching to come back here next season.”
Rarely have loanees at United so fully embraced the club as Henderson has. Already he is keen to return. That is a great start.
2. It boosts his England chances
With Jordan Pickford having a shaky year at Everton, Jack Butland now playing in the Championship and Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster out of favour at Southampton, the ‘keeper spot for the Three Lions is wide open.
Angus Gunn has done well for the Saints, but few English stoppers are in as good form as Henderson. Gareth Southgate has recognised it and spoken publicly about it.
Henderson himself is also ambitious, telling the Sheffield Star: “Listen, I’m chasing down that England spot. I want to be in the Euros next summer.
“The only way I can get in that set-up is by playing Premier League football. I know that. I’ve been told that. I know the gaffer will give me that opportunity so let’s do it and see what happens.”
3. Man United have lots of options
David de Gea may have had his poorest 12 months arguably since he arrived at Old Trafford, but the Manchester Evening News reports the Red Devils will keep him – even if that risks losing the Spaniard on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2020.
Behind De Gea is Argentina number one Sergio Romero. Veteran Lee Grant is also on the books. Henderson has great potential, but remains way down the pecking order as things stand.