Leeds United Set To Swoop For ‘PFA Team of the Year’ Star

By timgarrett IN Championship,Transfers - 17:40 Jun 12th 2018
 

Having finished firmly in the middle of the pack last season, Leeds will need to make major improvements if they are to mount a promotion challenge in 2018/19, though it is worth noting that Wolves and Cardiff went up after finishing 15th and 12th respectively the previous year.

Appointing the right manager will obviously be crucial if the West Yorkshire outfit are to stand any chance of returning to the promised land, but bringing in players who can help them to achieve their goals will be equally important.

Keeping the ball out of their own net was a huge problem for the men from Elland Road last term, with no side in the top-15 conceding more often, so reports linking them with young Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson should come as no real surprise.

The 21-year-old excelled on loan at Shrewsbury last season, securing a place in the ‘PFA Team of the Year’ for League One and attracting the attention of Arsenal, Chelsea, AS Roma, Benfica and Olympiacos:

Dean
Henderson
VBailey
Peacock-Farrell
Shrewsbury TownLeeds United
GLK   21Y 3M   6FT 3INGLK   21Y 7M   6FT 2IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
HENDERSON
PEACOCK-FARRELL
Starts
41
11
Minutes played
3690
990
Clean sheets
16
1
Goals against
34
18
Minutes per goal against
109
55
Shots saved %
79
66
TOTAL
5
1

Conceding just 34 times in 41 third-tier games including the playoffs, the England Under-21 international only let a goal in once every 109 minutes, meaning that Bailey Peacock-Farrell conceded almost twice as quickly during his stint between the sticks for Leeds.

Not only that, but Henderson’s shot-saving percentage of 79% was just 2% adrift of that managed by David de Gea in the Premier League, and that is pretty good company for the youngster to be keeping on the statistical front:

Dean
Henderson
VDavid
de Gea
Shrewsbury TownManchester United
GLK   21Y 3M   6FT 3INGLK   27Y 7M   6FT 4IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
HENDERSON
DE GEA
Starts
41
37
Minutes played
3690
3330
Clean sheets
16
18
Goals against
34
28
Minutes per goal against
109
119
Shots saved %
79
81
TOTAL
2
4

If recent reports are to be believed, then the Red Devils are poised to tie the 21-year-old down to a new contract before loaning him out to a Championship club for the 2018/19 campaign, with the Elland Road outfit said to be competing against Stoke and Bristol City to secure his services.

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2 Comments

  1. Mark laurie
    Posted June 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Would rather go for sam Johnstone

  2. Eric
    Posted June 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Bit different keeping goal for Leeds compared to Shrewsbury due to the size club and expectation, playing in front of 30000 compared to 9000 and facing less skillful attackers. Add to all that how good or bad the team in front of you is, BPF had a winger playing full back, a LB who was so bad he lasted about 3 matches, a replacement LB from the youth teamwho was playing his first couple of first team games. A CB from the youth team and in one game 2 CBs from the youth team. I could go on but what I’m saying is BPF done very well, would prefer we got in an older more experienced keeper to help him along than some kid who is probably no better than him.

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