Opinion: Dean Henderson throw evokes memories of Peter Schmeichel
Dean's distribution has long been one of his assets and he is able to launch long throws like the one that set up Luke Shaw's killer second goal in the Manchester derby. Yet much analysis of his work at Bramall Lane over two hugely successful loan spells seemed to suggest it was an area where he was inferior to many of his peers. This was probably infuriating for anybody who had seen him develop in our youth ranks.
The simple fact is Chris Wilder's side did not really play out from the back, like a lot of sides. Hence, Dean would be actively encouraged to launch long balls forward and these, inevitably, are far less likely to be successful than short, safer passes. It is no surprise that current Blades no.1 Aaron Ramsdale's pass percentage-rate is also relatively low. I was at Kenilworth Road for Dean's senior United debut back in September and one of his early passes out to the right was hit with the accuracy and fade any playmaker would have been proud of, landing at his intended …
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