Sheffield United goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, once again found himself in the headlines as the Blades drew 1-1 with Watford.
On a day when his opposite number, Ben Foster, showed his class, Henderson was once again in the spotlight. After a serious mistake against Liverpool earlier in the campaign, Henderson seemed to be at fault once more here.
With Gerard Delofeu advancing on goal, Henderson showed a bit of indecisiveness. This, in turn, allowed the Spaniard to slide home into a seemingly unguarded near-post.
The Blades ultimately got themselves back into the game a short while later. Ollie Norwood converting a penalty after George Baldock was brought down.
It was by no means a vintage performance by Sheffield United. Nor was it Henderson’s finest day at the office either. He had a similar moment of hesitancy in the second half but got away with it.
Following the game, there was a number of negative comments in the direction of Dean Henderson. Some Blades fans, as well as those watching from afar with an England interest, had their say on Twitter.
The Blades star has been superb this season. However, it seems some people aren’t too impressed with him today.
Dean Henderson is a poor-man's Jordan Pickford.
And Jordan Pickford is crap.
— James Atkinson (@red_jiminal) December 26, 2019
Dean Henderson needs to trust his 1st instinct there & challenge Deulofeu on that breakaway. 1-on-1 situations are always difficult/a toss up but Henderson coming, stopping, then backing up made things even more difficult. Great finish, but made easier by Henderson’s indecision.
— Terrence Doyle (@TerrenceDoyle) December 26, 2019
Terrible by Dean Henderson there. Either come out and challenge that or stay back dude. Don’t get caught in no man’s land. He coulda got to that ball originally.
— Mikey Maps ♋️ (@TheManimal18) December 26, 2019
Some people even went as far as to say Henderson is overrated as things stand.
Dean Henderson is so over rated. He's like Joe Hart. Puts on an over the top show of passion and then makes massive errors!!!!!!!!!
— Tom Conners (@T0mmyCC) December 26, 2019
While others, including fantasy football players, were not too impressed either.
Dean Henderson should have had that #SHUWAT
— Gameweek 38 🏆 (@Gameweek38) December 26, 2019
Why didn’t Dean Henderson come off his line wtf?
— nat🎄 (@bIueinthedarkk) December 26, 2019
When you perform so well for so long, unfortunately, any slight error will be highlighted. This appears to be the case with Dean Henderson today for the Blades.
He did little else wrong. In fact, barring his mistake against Liverpool, he’s been almost faultless. It’s harsh of some fans to suddenly start criticising him.
On the flipside, Henderson will know he could have done better. He sets high standards for himself and wants to do well.
He won’t let it bother him too much. But rest assured, he’ll quickly want to forget about it and get back to delivering his best for Chris Wilder’s men.