23. David De Gea
De Gea was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. After a tough start to his Manchester United career, the Spaniard developed into an elite player. However, his form declined in 2020 and Dean Henderson became a genuine threat to his place in the team. Henderson actually played ahead of De Gea at various points, despite the Spaniard’s massive contract.
Every time De Gea sat on the bench, it made him the most expensive backup goalkeeper in the league. This quite simply didn’t make sense because he wasn’t earning his salary. However, Henderson had youth on his side and the advantage of being English. This instantly made him connect with fans who wanted to see him play. Every dog has their day and De Gea found this out.