A big update has emerged regarding Newcastle United and their interest in Dean Henderson…
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Magpies are eyeing up a summer swoop for the Red Devils shot-stopper.
They have been keen on signing him since the winter transfer window and Romano has stated that the 25-year-old’s current club are yet to decide what they are going to do with him heading into the 2022/23 campaign.
The journalist tweeted: “Newcastle are interested in Dean Henderson since last January, he’s always been one of three goalkeepers in the list for NUFC. # Man United will make a decision about Dean in the summer whether let him go on loan or not. He wants to play as starter next season.”
This update will surely leave Newcastle supporters buzzing, as Henderson would be an excellent addition to Eddie Howe’s squad this summer.
The England international is eight years younger than Martin Dubravka and can be the long-term successor to the Slovakian between the sticks at St James’ Park. Henderson has plenty of years left ahead of him at the age of 25 and can be Howe’s first-choice for the foreseeable future.
He is a modern goalkeeper who excels at coming out to sweep the ball away and commands his box from crosses. Over the last 365 days, he ranks in the 90th percentile (FBRef) in Europe’s top five leagues for crosses stopped, preventing 10.3% of them from getting past his gloves in the Premier League.
In terms of sweeping, he ranks in the 98th percentile (FBRef) for defensive actions outside of the penalty area with 1.55 per game. This suggests that he is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe when it comes to covering his defenders when balls are played past them on the ground or in the air.
Henderson also proved his quality over the course of a full Premier League season on loan at Sheffield United in 2019/20. He kept an impressive 13 clean sheets in 36 matches for the Blades in that campaign as he averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.00.
Meanwhile, Dubravka has never averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.00 or higher across a top-flight season, while his best tally for clean sheets currently stands at 11. He also lacks well behind Henderson when it comes to claiming crosses and engaging in defensive actions outside of his box, ranking in the 72nd and ninth percentiles (FBRef) respectively over the last 365 days.
This suggests that Henderson would be an upgrade on the 33-year-old next season with his all-around skillset as a goalkeeper, and that is why Newcastle fans will surely be delighted by the club’s pursuit of his services heading into the summer transfer window.