Dean Henderson, on loan from Manchester United, says Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart is his “idol”, as the current Nottingham Forest player told Saturday Social on Sky Sports.
The England international added that the Celtic man between the sticks is someone he values because of the progression he made early in his career.
During the first half of Hart’s career, he was England’s main man between the sticks and also a Premier League winner for Manchester City.
In 2016, when Pep Guardiola took on the Man City colors and replaced Manuel Pellegrini in the dugout, Hart could say that’s when his career started to stall as the Spanish coach gave him everything. continued shown the door.
Various loan spells, from being in Italy to sitting on the Burnley bench haven’t helped the 35-year-old’s cause or progress at a key stage in his career.
But now Hart is thriving in Celtic colours, as Henderson has raved about his compatriot.
“Growing up, when I became a goaltender, I think Joe Hart was,” Henderson said. “Just seeing him progress. I was still in Carlisle before going to Manchester United, then I saw Joe do it, like I wanted to do it.
“Then go on loan and work your way up the Manchester City team. He was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League at the time.
“Unbelievable for England. He was probably my idol growing up. When I went to Shrewsbury he had affiliations with Shrewsbury and stuff like that.
“Then I managed to meet him and talk to him. And he was someone I looked up to.
CAN HENDERSON BECOME NUMBER ONE IN ENGLAND?
Well, first of all, Henderson made the right choice to join Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan deal this summer as his career was going nowhere at Old Trafford.
Does he have a future under the colors of Manchester United? Maybe not.
But, in the long run, he has to keep playing and then he could stay in England’s long-term setup.
This is unlikely to see the outspoken keeper become England’s number one as Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale are all ahead of him, at the moment.
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