Paul Hurst's Shrewsbury Town glovesman Dean Henderson could solve Sunderland's problem position

Paul Hurst manager of Shrewsbury Town  looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Walsall and Shrewsbury Town at Banks' Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Walsall, England.

Sunderland have still not replaced Jordan Pickford - but Manchester United-owned Dean Henderson could be the England 'keeper's ideal successor.

Shrewsbury Town manager Paul Hurst looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Shrewsbry Town at Sixfields on April 17, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Whoever is handed the reigns to the vacant Sunderland job will have one hell of a challenge on their hands. And the task of dragging the Black Cats out of the Championship relegation zone will not be made any easier by the club’s paucity of quality goalkeepers.

Sunderland boasted arguably the best young goalkeeper in English football between the sticks last season in Jordan Pickford. In 2017/18, however, recently departed boss Simon Grayson was forced to pick between the erratic Robbin Ruiter and the unconvincing Jordan Steele.

The fact that Ruiter and Steele (below) have alternated throughout the season is enough of an indication that neither has managed to put together a string of reliable displays.

Jason Steele of Blackburn looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Blackburn Rovers at iPro Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Derby, England.

Though if Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst emerges as the frontrunner to take over at the Stadium of Light, and Sky Sports report that he is interested, the 43-year-old should make plans for a reunion with a ‘keeper he tipped for the very top.

Hurst, who has confounded the pre-season predictions by guiding relegation favourites Shrewsbury to the top of League One, believes that his World Cup Under-20 winning goalkeeper Dean Henderson has the potential to represent England on a senior basis one day, per the Shropshire Star.

The 20-year-old Manchester United loanee has certainly enhanced his reputation in the third tier and is perhaps the primary reason why Shrewsbury have improved so much in 2017/18 after finishing 18th last season.

Dean Henderson of Shrewsbury Town in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Northampton Town at New Meadow on August 5, 2017 in Shrewsbury, England.

And with Henderson’s contract at United expiring in the summer, The Sun reports that there is no shortage of 14 clubs tracking his progress, including plenty from both the Premier League and Championship.

And if Hurst gets the job at Sunderland, he should attempt to replace Pickford with another of England’s most promising young shot-stoppers. A potential free transfer should certainly appeal to the cash-strapped Wearsiders.

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