Manchester United shot-stopper Dean Henderson is reportedly “frustrated” at his lack of Premier League minutes, with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United rumoured to be interested in signing him (Manchester Evening News).
Dean Henderson Frustrated at Manchester United With Clubs Interested in His Signature
Shot-Stopper Henderson Discontented at United
Henderson has started just two matches in the league, largely playing back-up brigade to David de Gea.
De Gea has been the man in between the sticks for United’s 23 other Premier League matches and has conceded almost as many goals as the team conceded last year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Henderson’s clean-sheet-performance in mid-week, in the 4-0 drubbing of Real Sociedad.
Most of Henderson’s game time has come in the domestic cup competitions and in Europe.
Solskjaer said: “But I have a very, very good goalkeeper in David and he saved us against West Brom so I can’t say to you now. I always speak to the players first before I say who’s not playing, they’ll know.”
Across 12 appearances this season, Henderson has conceded nine goals and kept seven clean sheets.
The 23-year-old is a graduate of United’s academy. Since 2015 he has been out on loan at Stockport County, Grimsby Town before loans at Shrewsbury Town and a two-year stint at Sheffield United.
His sole England appearance came in a 3-0 friendly win against Republic of Ireland, where he replaced Nick Pope at half-time.
Assessing Potential Destinations
Tottenham have recently sent Paulo Gazzaniga away on loan to Elche. This leaves Hugo Lloris as club captain and main goalkeeper, with his back-up the experienced Joe Hart.
Henderson wants Premier League minutes, and so Spurs would have to at least consider selling Lloris or Hart to accommodate Henderson.
Chelsea’s trio of goalkeepers include Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Mendy is the main man, keeping 14 clean sheets over 27 appearances so far this season. Again, this is a solid trio and would require one of the goalkeepers to move on.
Arrizabalaga has spoken to COPE in Spain, via football.London, re-affirming his future at the club.
He said: “Three months ago things were difficult,”
“It has been a complicated year for a number of reasons. But I have never thought about leaving Chelsea.”
The average age of West Ham’s goalkeeping staff is the oldest of the three club’s interested at 34 (Chelsea’s 30, Tottenham’s 29.6 including Alfie Whiteman).
Lukasz Fabianski has played the lion’s share of the Hammers’ matches, with Darren Randolph currently injured, making just five appearances. David Martin is their third back-up ‘keeper.
Henderson could be the perfect transfer for West Ham going forward with plenty of years left in his career.