Ed Woodward has pointed out the importance of the upcoming transfer window for the Manchester United rebuild and the club might have made a decision on one of their players.
“As part of the rebuild, we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.” This was Ed Woodward’s message to Manchester United fans post the January transfer window. He was keen to draw their attention to a restructuring of the club’s analytics, scouting and recruitment departments. He also stressed the importance of the summer window. And if reports are to be believed, the Red Devils have already made a decision on the future of one of the academy stars.
Dean Henderson to be moved on…..for now
Manchester United are willing to let Dean Henderson join Sheffield United. According to Teamtalk, United are only interested in letting the young Englishman join the Blades. It is also understood that any deal would likely involve a buy-back clause.
The former English champions believe that moving Henderson on, with De Gea agreeing on a massive new contract earlier this summer, would be the right decision for both player and club. A permanent deal with a buy-back clause would also free up loan slots for both parties involved.
Move undermines interest from top-sides
Dean Henderson’s performances have turned a few heads and rightly so. The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Tottenham. United believe that selling him to Sheffield United with a buy-back clause would ensure him getting Premier League minutes. And ultimately when De Gea moves on, the Mancunians will have a replacement on hand.
Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder also recognises the potential in Henderson. “You look at his age. He’s still a baby of 22. People talk about goalkeepers 27, 28, 29 (reaching their peak) – so he’s got five, six seven years on goalkeepers at that age,” he said. “The quicker he learns the better he’s going to be. He’s been outstanding.”
Manchester United are doing the right thing. By allowing Sheffield United to sign Henderson affords the youngster quality PL time under the watchful eyes of Chris Wilder. The Pogba situation also opened United’s eyes to inserting buy-back clauses. The club have since inserted it while selling on talented stars like Depay, Januzaj and now Henderson.
Evaluating goalkeeping performances were not easy earlier. Shot percentages new really explained how a goalkeeper faired. Now, there are advanced metrics (post-shot xG and GSAA%) have made things a bit clearer. And all metrics suggest that Dean Henderson is a star in making.
The Old Trafford terraces have had a quality custodian in de Gea and when the curtain falls on his time, Henderson will be ready to guard their nets.