BBC pundit Garth Crooks has named both Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson and Chris Basham in his Premier League team of the week following their performances against Norwich at the weekend.
Henderson had to be sharp as he made a brilliant double save to prevent the Canaries from equalising on Saturday, and Crooks thinks it shows the shot-stopper is full of confidence at the moment:
“I must say his double save against Norwich was a match winner. Any keeper who has had very little to do, but can suddenly spring into action and make such a vital contribution to the game must be in a great frame of mind. Whether that in itself is enough to constitute an England call-up I am not entirely sure.”
Although Crooks seemingly has his doubts, Henderson is surely a shoo-in for a call up to Gareth Southgate’s squad later this month for the games against Italy and Denmark.
Basham was also recognised for his efforts, but Crooks’ comments about the centre-back sound like a back-handed compliment rather than genuine praise:
“Basham has been outstanding this season for the Blades. I’m still not mad about their style of play but they have unbelievable spirit.”
Despite the begrudging acknowledgement from Crooks, manager Chris Wilder’s men should be lauded for their efforts this campaign. They are currently just five points off the top four with ten games to go despite being tipped for relegation at the beginning of the season.