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Manchester United star set to sign for Newcastle United after Wednesday talks – Deal almost done : Report

1 month ago
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Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been regularly linked with Newcastle United.

The 25 year old of course, currently number two at Manchester United.

Now Dean Henderson once again linked with Newcastle United this Thursday afternoon.

The ‘exclusive’ from the Manchester Evening News – 19 May 2022:

‘Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is on the verge of joining Newcastle United. Sources say Henderson, 25, was in Newcastle for talks on Wednesday and a deal is ‘99% done’.

It is understood discussions have been held over a season-long loan but a permanent transfer has not been ruled out. The Manchester Evening News revealed this week Newcastle were still interested in Henderson amid plans to enhance their squad for next season.

Henderson has only played for (Man) United three times this season and not appeared in the Premier League whatsoever.

The academy graduate was pencilled in to start the season for (Man) United until he contracted Covid-19 in his first week of pre-season training in July. Henderson was so debilitated by the illness he missed the start of the season and was unavailable for selection until September.’

Hmmm, not sure what to make of this ‘exclusive’ today.

Back in early February, it was also the Manchester Evening News who appeared to be mischief making when claiming Newcastle United had tried to sign Dean Henderson in January and had been willing to trade Martin Dubravka in return, on a loan basis both ways.

As we said at the time, this completely contradicted Eddie Howe, who stated categorically on Talksport that he had not tried to sign Dean Henderson during January.

Dean Henderson is now in this classic no man’s land that goalkeepers often find themselves in. At a big club but number two and getting frustrated at lack of chances, not a single Premier League minute this season.

Back in the 2019/20 Premier League season, Dean Henderson started in 36 of the 38 Sheffield United matches that season and arguably was the biggest factor in them finishing so high, ninth place and only five points off the top six. Indeed, for a time the Blades looked real Champions League contenders, until a late slump. To sum that up, if they had won their last three games against Leicester, Everton and Southampton instead of losing all three, they’d have finished the season only three points off the top four.  The long mid-season break due to the impact of Covid seeming to impact on them, as Sheffield United only won three of ten PL games after the return of football in June 2020.

This doesn’t though take away from the remarkable season Dean Henderson had, as only the top three conceded less goals than the 39 Sheffield United conceded. Only six goals more than champions Liverpool.

The next (2020/21) season Dean Henderson returned to the bench at Old Trafford and Sheffield United finished up rock bottom of the Premier League, conceding 63 goals. You can’t say that was all down to Henderson no longer being there but it must have played a significant part.

I can only see Dean Henderson going elsewhere to be number one and with Martin Dubravka showing much improved form under Eddie Howe and somewhere near back to his best, would Henderson come into Newcastle as automatic number one?

I think there does need to be a shake up and the likes of maybe all three of Darlow, Gillespie and Woodman all finding new clubs this summer, with somebody then brought in to compete with Dubravka.

Interesting to see in the coming days whether there is any substance to this Dean Henderson story.

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