Why Manchester United should keep hold of Dean Henderson
The Daily Mail has revealed that on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has started to attract a lot of attention after his performances at Sheffield United. The 21-year-old has been in excellent form for the Championship side since joining them and has seen both Bayern Munich and Juventus scout him.
Henderson however, is yet to make a professional appearance for United despite making nine appearances for their U23s, U18s and U19s. That didn’t change the hard-working nature of the player who kept on doing his job in loan spells at Grimsby Town, Shrewsbury Town and now Sheffield United.
But with the likes of Bayern Munich, Tottenham and even Juventus eyeing a deal, things could get complicated for the Red Devils. Henderson, at the moment, does have eighteen months left on his current deal with the Old Trafford side, which also includes an extension option of one year. However, given his current situation, the 21-year-old might consider his chances in the summer window.
But it’s up to Manchester United to keep their youth prodigy with them. Instead of being like Manchester City, the Red Devils need to take the Chelsea approach and put a halt to any move whether now or six months down the line for someone who could easily become their number one goalkeeper in the future.
Like Sheffield United this season, Dean Henderson has been a rock – keeping 10 clean sheets, with only Middlesbrough and Bristol City conceding fewer goals than them. Not only that, this isn’t the first time the 21-year-old has performed better than expected. He was one of the better players on loan at Shrewsbury.
The Red Devils, on the other hand, have endured a renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, David De Gea’s current deal with the club expires at the end of the current season, while both Sergio Romero and Lee Grant have struggled to make any impact whatsoever.
Manchester United are working on tying the former to a new deal, but have made no breakthrough regarding that. The club officials should work hard and tie their best keeper to a new contract and not allow their young prodigy to leave in the summer. The best option would be to recall him at Old Trafford and hand him the number two spot in the squad.
An in-depth scout report of Liverpool’s latest signing – Who is Sepp van den Berg and what can be expected from him?
Scout report – Sepp van den Berg, Liverpool’s new signing
Now, from the outside, it doesn’t seem like the young Dutchman will make it to the first-team squad but on the basis of what we have seen of him so far in Zwolle and the Netherlands U19 team, we can say that he is one for the future at Anfield.
After all, German champions Bayern Munich were keen to sign him. They even called him when he arrived at Liverpool to complete his medical. (h/t Times)
Coming back to the Reds under Jurgen Klopp, they have become a club that stresses on bolstering the youth team to solidify the future. Trent Alexander-Arnold is a prime example of that.
Hence, the fans shouldn’t be downbeat by the fact that their first summer signing is based on improving the U19/U21 circuit.
Below, we will analyse van den Berg’s game, take a look at his strengths/weaknesses and how he can be Liverpool’s next big thing in a detailed scout report:
Scout Report – Sepp van den Berg (Baby Virgil van Dijk)
Firstly, Sepp van den Berg’s game has impressed many around Europe and he is rightly named the “baby Virgil van Dijk.”(h/t Scottish Sun) This is due to the fact that he is Dutch and his playing style resembles that of Liverpool’s current first-team centre-back.
If we analyse his game in depth, the 17-year-old is an excellent reader of the game and manages to make vital interceptions. His recovery pace to track the runs of pacy forwards is pretty good as well, which makes him a perfect fit for a high-line defence.
Furthermore, the Dutch U19 international is good when it comes to aerially challenging the opposition centre-forwards. That also makes him a genuine threat from indirect set-pieces into the opposition box, which is always a plus point in any centre-back’s game.
Being a modern-day defender, van den Berg doesn’t mind passing the ball out from the back or beating the initial press and moving into the midfield with the ball. His qualities are such that we shouldn’t be surprised if he plays as a defensive midfielder in the future.
Overall, it can be said that the teenager hardly has any negatives to his game. Maturity and dealing with the pressure will come in due course of time. He, of course, will have a chance to learn from van Dijk, who currently is the best centre-back in Europe.
Since Jurgen Klopp doesn’t hesitate to hand first-team opportunities to young players, we could see Sepp van den Berg playing for Liverpool in the near future. The player certainly possesses the potential to impress at Melwood and attract the eye of the manager.
All in all, we can conclude by saying that Liverpool have gotten a gem of a signing for such a low price. The best thing is the fact that they can wait for the player to grow/mature at the club, before handing him first-team opportunities.
From van den Berg’s viewpoint, he is at the best club right now, chiefly due to the fact that Klopp loves working with young players and doesn’t hold them back from progressing further.
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Premier League Opinion: 3 potential summer landing spots for Mo Salah
According to a recent report by AS, Liverpool’s Egyptian ace Mohamed Salah is being linked with a possible move away from Anfield in the season right after he helped Jurgen Klopp deliver the Champions League title. It has been claimed that the winger refused to comment when asked out the subject after their 2-0 defeat of Tottenham in Madrid last weekend.
It is being reported that European superpowers Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are extremely keen on the Egyptian’s signature while the biggest surprise comes in the form on alleged Manchester United interest. The claim is that United are also keeping tabs on the winger’s situation at Anfield with a move away from Anfield looking more and more likely.
Although Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool will not let their star man leave without putting up a decent fight first, a call from a club like Real Madrid is enough to change any player’s mind-set. The Egyptian was a former Chelsea player who didn’t hit the expected heights at Stamford Bridge and was hence shipped out to Roma after a short period in London. Since making the switch to Merseyside though, he’s been an unstoppable force.
Still only 26, the Egyptian has already notched up 39 goals from 62 international caps while his 22 goals and 11 assists were enough to win him the Premier League golden boot at the end of the campaign. His departure would certainly have a telling effect on this Liverpool side and whether or not they’d be able to recover from such a catastrophe, remains to be seen.
Here are the 3 clubs being linked with a move for the Egyptian:
The English side have been on the look-out for talented wingers ever since the campaign ended a few weeks ago. Their lack of Champions League football could turn out to be a telling factor as it seems unlikely that the Egyptian, who just secured a Champions League winners’ medal with the Reds, will leave Anfield to join their most bitter rivals.
Real Madrid’s never-ending pursuit of all of the best players in the world has been applied to Mohamed Salah as well. Despite being linked more heavily with other players within the Premier League, counting Madrid out of any transfer saga can be a grave mistake. Signing Salah would probably go a long way in their agenda to replace the irreplaceable Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The Bavarian outfit are going into what could certainly be considered a period of transition at the Allianz Arena. The Bayern careers of their famous stars Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have now come to a close and replacing household names like these, isn’t an easy task at all. Signing Salah would go a long way in their bid to regain monopolised control of proceedings in the Bundesliga next season.
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Man United Opinion: Why United must avoid signing Robert Lewandowski?
According to a report on the Transfermarketweb.com, Manchester United are interested in signing Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski.
The Pole, 30, enjoyed another stellar season in the Bundesliga as he notched 40 goals across all competitions. With 22 goals, he was confirmed the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer for the second year running as Bayern achieved their record seventh league title in succession.
However, the report claims Robert Lewandowski could leave Bayern after five seasons. That should give Manchester United a boost in their pursuit for the striker but the main question arises here—should the Red Devils splash the cash to sign him this summer?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge summer of rebuilding ahead. Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are set to leave on free transfers next month, and Juan Mata is expected to follow. Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo could be sold to free up funds, while Alexis Sanchez’s future remains in doubt.
Manchester United need reinforcements all over the pitch and just like shoring up the defence is a priority for Solskjaer, bolstering the attack also remains the need of the hour.
Romelu Lukaku has failed to impress the Norwegian tactician and is now behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order. The Belgian forward is long linked with a move away from Old Trafford and he’s expected to become Inter Milan’s first signing if Antonio Conte is confirmed as the Serie A side’s new boss. Should Lukaku depart, Solskjaer will be left with Rashford, Sanchez, Martial and teenage prodigy Mason Greenwood as options up front.
That clearly won’t be enough if the Red Devils are to realistically challenge for the title in the 2019/20 campaign, as neither Rashford nor Martial delivered the goods in the business end of the past campaign, whereas Sanchez managed just one goal in the league.
However, Robert Lewandowski, one of the most prolific strikers on the planet, won’t be a good fit at United. The Pole bagged 40 goals in 2018-19 as Bayern won the domestic double in Germany; unfortunately, he has started showing signs of slowing down. The ex-Borussia Dortmund man is 30 and doesn’t fit the profile of players Solskjaer wants to rebuild the United squad with.
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Above all, Lewandowski has a contract at Bayern until 2021, which means it would take the Red Devils a sizeable fee to tempt the German champions into selling their superstar. Even though the Premier League heavyweights have found rich success from signing Robin van Persie and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the ripe years of their careers, Solskjaer shouldn’t take a gamble on the Polish international.
Solskjaer wants to form a squad with young, exciting and hungrier talents to take United back on top. And regardless of Lewandowski regarded as one of the deadliest strikers in Europe, the Red Devils boss should dodge this bullet.
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