Dean Henderson joins Sheffield United on a season-long loan

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has joined Sheffield United on loan for the 2018/19 season. Last week, the 21-year-old signed a new contract with the club that would keep him as a United played until summer 2020, with the option of another year to be added. Henderson spent last season on loan with Shrewsbury Town in League One, after rising from a spell in League Two the season before that. It shows the progress the England youth international has made over the years and why United have secured him to a new contract.

Henderson sees his long-term future with United but the competition in places, held largely by David De Gea, is fierce and with Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira seemingly ahead of him, it would mean that his football would take a blow at United, playing no first team matches and possible playing most of his football in the Premier League 2, with United resigned to the second division in that league after being relegated last season. Speaking to the official Manchester United website about his loan spell, Henderson said:

“I can’t wait to go there and build on the last season I had at Shrewsbury. It’s in the division above and showing that progression by going on to the bigger stage, in front of 30,000 passionate fans at Bramall Lane. I can’t wait to go there and perform and connect with them. I’m sure it will be a successful season.

“Sheffield United are a massive club and it’s a massive city for football. They’ve got that rivalry with Sheffield Wednesday and I’m looking forward to those games coming up as well. I can’t wait to get there and push up the division.”

Whilst playing for Shrewsbury last season, Henderson kept 19 clean sheets in 48 matches, in all competitions, which is some feat for a player as inexperienced as Henderson, underlying his abilities as a goalkeeper. There was a lot of competition for the 21-year-old but the Blades was the decision Henderson made and seemingly feeling that it was the right decision for him. Sheffield United, despite flirting with the play-off places in the Championship last season, finished in the top half of the table, after six years in League One. Speaking about his decision, Henderson said:

“There were a hell of a lot of loan clubs and I’m thankful to all of them for coming in. But I chose Sheffield United and a manager who has shown trust in me, plus a goalkeeping coach in Wardy [Darren Ward], and I’m looking forward to learning and hopefully getting better and better.”

Henderson will be a player to keep your eyes on throughout the new season as a lot is expected from him. To playing in League Two, League One and now the Championship will be a big ask for the player, as not only will he be playing against bigger and better teams, he will also be playing against some sides who have been and still consider themselves to be Premier League standard. If he can continue his rise as a goalkeeper, making the step up from League One to the Championship, the world could well and truly be at his feet.

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