According to sources at ESPN, plans to sell Sergio Romero have been temporarily shelved. This comes right after rumours that Henderson is set to be loaned out again to further his development.
This decision is particularly harsh on Romero, who has been a very good club servant. Romero has arguably been the best second string keeper in the premier league , for a couple of seasons running. Romero, who had a very impressive clean sheet record, wasn’t able to dislodge David De Gea, at his worst. During that time, Ole came out in support of his no. 1 on multiple occasions. It was made painfully clear last season when Romero, who is between the sticks for cup games, was replaced by De Gea in the semi-final loss to Sevilla.
Further, the 33-year-old felt harshly done by United when he wasn’t allowed to leave in this transfer window, when there was significant interest from club both home and abroad. These new developments have further left him in a state of limbo.
However this could mean good for Henderson after all. After returning from a successful loan spell at Sheffield United last summer, he was content with his role at the club. But he has been warned by England manager,Gareth Southgate, that he needs to be playing more in order oust Jordan Pickford from the No. 1 spot for the Euros to be held next summer.
Henderson’s temporary departure would increase Romero’s chances of having to stay put ,until at least the summer, when he could be a free agent. United still hold the option of extending his career by an additional 12 months.
Whatever be the scenario, Ole needs an able No. 2 goalkeeper to push De Gea, to his best and to provide cover when needed. The third choice, Lee Grant has started just a handful of games, since his arrival in 2018, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.