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Manchester United Loan Watch: Goalkeepers Johnstone and Henderson push their teams to promotion

Timothy Fosu-Mensah dropped against Chelsea

Burton Albion v Aston Villa - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Crystal Palace

Timothy Fosu-Mensah had to settle for a spot on the bench against Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend. The defender has been in excellent form since the start of 2018, but it seems Roy Hodgson has looked favorably on veteran James Tomkins and the reemergence of Jeffrey Schlupp.

Outside of the field, Fosu-Mensah has voiced his praise of former teammate and close friend, Marcus Rashford. In his latest episode of “My Shirt My Stories” the Dutch international claimed Rashford was only going to improve.

We hope to see Tim back on the field this weekend, as the Eagles travel to Huddersfield in a crucial tie for the team sitting in the relegation zone.

Andreas Pereira – Valencia CF

Andreas Pereira’s injury has had a longer lasting effect than previously imagined. He has now missed the past seven La Liga games. However, it appears that he has been training regularly and could appear this weekend when Valencia host Deportivo Alavés.

Sam Johnstone – Aston Villa

After thrashing Sunderland last weekend, Aston Villa were in for their biggest test of the season, facing table-topping Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park. Steve Bruce’s side came out on top, winning 4-1.

However, Villa missed a crucial opportunity to gain ground on second placed Cardiff City who sit seven points ahead in the league – slipping to a 3-1 home defeat against Queens Park Rangers midweek. Johnstone was busy throughout the game, making several good saves. Nevertheless, he will be disappointed to have conceded three goals on the night.

With Johnstone’s future the topic of such debate and speculation, it appears promotion to the Premier League may secure a permanent move to Aston Villa for the shot-stopper.

Axel Tuanzebe – Aston Villa

Axel Tuanzebe’s tricky hamstring injury has prevented him from featuring again this past weekend. The versatile defender was absent for Aston Villa’s 4-1 home victory over Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was also absent for the midweek game against Queens Park Rangers. With an important trip to Bolton Wanderers this weekend, Tuanzebe’s progress will be monitored and a decision on his fitness will be made by Friday.

James Wilson – Sheffield United

After a promising start to life at Brammall Lane for James Wilson, opportunities have been hampered by an ankle injury. The striker sat out five fixtures, but returned this past weekend, coming on for Ched Evans in Sheffield United’s goalless draw against Ipswich Town.

Wilson got just over 20 minutes under his belt in an encouraging return to action. The striker came closest to breaking the deadlock, striking the post for the visitors.

Wilson also featured in the midweek game against Burton Albion, the Blades running out 2-0 winners. The striker started the game alongside veteran Billy Sharp, and played just over an hour before being substituted.

Dean Henderson – Shrewsbury Town

After helping Shrewsbury Town book their place in the EFL Trophy Final at Wembley in April, Henderson returned to action against Walsall this past weekend. He was a rock at the back as Shrewsbury came out 2-0 winners, the keeper picked up his third consecutive clean sheet.

Henderson – who turned 21 on Monday – has urged his side to have confidence for their remaining 12 games of the season.

“Momentum. That’s what it’s all about. Be relentless and strive to be better and better. Confidence is massive thing is football, as I know myself,” Henderson said.

“When you’re confident you feel unbeatable. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be confident from how the season has gone.”

Shrewsbury Town have two games in hand on League One leaders Blackburn Rovers who sit five points ahead.

Off the field, Henderson has once again been under the scope of transfer speculation. According to Cardiff City lead the race to sign the shot-stopper. José Mourinho is a fan of Henderson, but he sits behind David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira and potentially Kieran O’Hara in the pecking order at Old Trafford. Henderson wants to play first team football and his contract expires at the end of this season.

Matty Willock – St. Johnstone

Matty Willock was not featured in St. Johnstone’s squad in their 4-0 away win against Dundee. It is unclear if this was a management decision, or because of injury. Willock has been in good form since his move to the Scottish outfit, so the latter is a more likely reason. Willock’s next opportunity to impress is a home match-up against Hibernian this Friday.

Regan Poole – Northampton Town

Regan Poole has still yet to feature for Northampton town since early February. In our last report, we commented on how Poole’s absence from the team is down to managerial decisions. Northampton Town sit just above the relegation zone in League One. It is yet to be decided if the defender will see out the rest of his loan contract with Northampton Town.