An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United and the future of Dean Henderson heading into the summer transfer window…
The Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards has claimed that the Magpies are not in for the Manchester United shot-stopper despite recent reports.
He tweeted: “The Henderson story is very, very strange but denials have been consistent from # end and were especially strong when I checked again today. Got the impression they have had enough of it being reported.”
This comes after reporter Samuel Luckhurst was quoted as saying that the goalkeeper wanted a move to St James’ Park earlier this month, outlining: “He [Dean Henderson] wants the Newcastle deal done early and there’s been no indication so far that he should hang around. United are looking at options to replace him (Bachmann, Darlow) — He’s a man in a hurry.”
Edwards’ claim that the Toon are not in the running to land Henderson will leave Newcastle head coach Howe frustrated ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The 25-year-old had the potential to be an excellent signing for the Magpies, and Howe will be gutted that he will not be able to work with the shot-stopper next term. The Tyneside club may have alternative targets or perhaps they are happy to stick with Martin Dubravka for another season, with the latter being a potentially dangerous decision.
Karl Darlow is the current number two and having him as back-up for 2022/23 would leave Howe fuming, as the English stopper has proven that he is not good enough to be trusted. If the Slovakian number one suffers an injury over the next year, then Newcastle would be left with a goalkeeper who has shown that he cannot handle the top tier.
Darlow averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.47 in 2021/22 as he let in 1.9 goals per game and made one error directly leading to a goal in eight matches. Meanwhile, Henderson has averaged a Sofascore rating of 6.94 or higher in his two Premier League seasons to date, conceding just 0.9 goals per game across 49 outings in the division.
This shows that the Red Devils ‘keeper would be a major upgrade on Darlow and also provide Dubravka with serious competition for the number one jersey at St James’ Park.
Howe will therefore be frustrated by Newcastle’s lack of interest in Henderson and will surely be hoping that he is not forced to go into the 2022/23 campaign with Darlow as his second-choice goalkeeper.