Kevin Campbell insists Dean Henderson could be on his way out after Manchester United were recently seen scouting Leeds star Illan Meslier.
Dean Henderson had a make-or-break opportunity during David de Gea’s prolonged absence from first-team action last season, and he took his chance with both hands. At one stage, he looked destined to become Manchester United’s first-choice keeper for this season, after some impressive displays in goal in the second half of the last campaign.
However, de Gea has produced some scintillating displays in goal this term, reasserting his status as one the best in the position. The Spaniard’s resurgence has left Henderson high and dry, while the early exit from the Carabao Cup hasn’t helped his quest to get game time.
While rumours of an imminent exit pick up steam, Manchester United were spotted scouting Leeds star Illan Meslier in a recent game. Manchester United watching the Frenchman could indicate they might be eyeing a move in the next window or after the season, as the Leeds star has consistently put in impressive displays.
It could also be the strongest indication yet about Henderson’s impending exit from the club in search of regular first-team football. There has been plenty of interest in the keeper, especially from Tottenham, who view him as Hugo Lloris’ long-term successor.
Kevin Campbell is convinced Manchester United watching Meslier hints at Henderson’s impending exit. Speaking to Football Insider, the former striker tipped the 24-year-old Englishman to leave the club next month while opening up on his admiration for the Leeds’ star’s capabilities.
Campbell said, “I think the fact Tony Coton is there, keeping an eye on Meslier, is a hint. Meslier is a very, very good young goalkeeper. The great thing is, he is starting in the Premier League week in, week out at such a young age. I have been very impressed with the young man.
“Dean Henderson wants to play football. He is not happy being the second choice. There is every chance he is going to leave the club and then United are back on the hunt for David de Gea’s long-term successor.”
Henderson will certainly have a host of clubs queuing up for his signature if he’s put on sale in January. There is some interest from clubs abroad, although he could prefer to stay in the Premier League to win back a spot in the England setup, with cash-rich Newcastle United emerging as an option.