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TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season nominee: Dean Henderson

8 Aug 2020
TAG Young Player of the Season nominee: Dean Henderson

Sheff Utd goalkeeper made 97 saves and kept 13 clean sheets to earn a place on the shortlist for the inaugural award

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The new TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season award celebrates the best-performing player aged 23 or younger at the start of the campaign.

We take a look at the eight stars who shone in 2019/20 and have been nominated for the inaugural award.

Fans had the chance to cast their vote through the TAG Heuer website by 18:00 BST on Monday 10 August. The supporters' vote will be combined with the choices from a panel of experts to decide the winner.

Dean Henderson (SHU)

Appearances: 36
Clean sheets: 13
Saves: 97

The goalkeeper joined promoted Sheffield United on a season-long loan from Manchester United and helped them finish ninth.

After bouncing back from an early-season mistake for Liverpool's goal in a 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane, Henderson claimed a total of 13 clean sheets, finishing joint-third behind Ederson and Nick Pope in the race for the Golden Glove.

He also made 97 saves as Sheff Utd conceded just 39 goals during the season, the fewest by a promoted club in a single Premier League campaign.

What the experts say

"It has been a great learning curve for him," says former Tottenham Hotspur head coach and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood. "He looks like he has all the attributes to be a top goalkeeper.

"Chris Wilder criticised him publicly [after the Liverpool match] and he came back from that brilliantly.

"The kid looks like has the whole game. He’s decent on the floor, his shot-saving is magnificent and when he comes, he commands his box. He’s got the quality to be David De Gea’s heir."

Young Player shortlist analysis

TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Trent Alexander-Arnold
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Jack Grealish
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Mason Greenwood
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Anthony Martial
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Mason Mount
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Christian Pulisic
TAG Heuer Young Player nominee: Marcus Rashford

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