Henderson confident of elevating to ‘best goalkeeper in the world’

Sheffield United

Dean Henderson believes he can become "one of the best goalkeeper in the world" if he continues to work with Sheffield United coach Darren Ward.

Former England Under-21 international Henderson spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan at the Blades from Manchester United and played in every Championship match as he helped the club earn automatic promotion to the Premier League.

After a summer of speculation, the 22-year-old was loaned to the Steel City outfit for the current season and has once again been an ever-present in Chris Wilder’s side.

He was called up to England’s squad for the current international break as a late replacement for injured Aston Villa star Tom Heaton although he failed to feature in the 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic or the 6-0 victory over Bulgaria.

Henderson, who has made a couple of errors in the league this season, is being tipped for a big future and there are claims chiefs at the Red Devils see him as a long-term replacement for Spanish stopper David de Gea.

The Blades are said to be interested in signing the keeper permanently and they look to have received a boost in their pursuit judging by the latest comments from their loan star.

“I look forward to coming into work every day and long may that continue,” Henderson was quoted as saying by The Star. “If I could work with Wardy for the next couple of years, I really think I can elevate to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

Henderson, who is expected to cost around £30million, will be back in action on Monday when United welcome Arsenal to Bramall Lane for their first Premier League after the international window.

The last meeting between the two sides came in the EFL Cup in 2008 when Carlos Vela scored a hat-trick as the Gunners romped to a comfortable 6-0 victory.