Podcaster Ger Gilroy has recently talked about Jeff Hendrick and his future at Newcastle United.
Gilroy was hosting the latest episode of the OTB Football podcast and he talked about the situation of multiple players that should look to leave their clubs. One player that he did give his views about was Jeff Hendrick.
Gilroy believes that Hendrick should perhaps learn some lessons from Conor Hourihane and move to the Championship, where he can play regular first-team football.
Should NUFC part ways with Jeff Hendrick?
Hendrick arrived at Newcastle on a free transfer following his exit from Burnley at the end of last season. While he did start his stint at the club in impressive fashion by scoring, his contributions have faded away (as per Transfermarkt).
Gilroy questioned whether Hendrick would be happy to sit on the bench and if he would want to move to the Championship and play more often.
He said (9:41): “On loan is kind of what I’m thinking here. Are these the sort of players that are happy to get minutes off the bench? In his current state maybe Jeff Hendrick is happy with that but if he moves another spot down after another piece of business maybe in the transfer window from Newcastle, maybe that changes. Maybe he does look to drop down a little bit – do a Conor Hourihane and actually look to get some game time.
“Conor Hourihane – he’s probably sitting pretty at the end of the season, thinking – ‘that was a really great decision to drop down the Championship’. And who knows? He could be playing Premier League, he could end up getting promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season. But I wonder could Hendrick learn a thing or two from what Hourihane did when it became apparent that Hourihane wasn’t getting into that Villa starting midfield?”
TIF Thoughts on Hendrick’s future…
Hendrick last played the full 90 minutes for his side back in January, when the Magpies beat Everton 2-0. He did feature against Leicester, but he played only two minutes of the tie. Against Burnley last month, he got just a single minute of action (as per Transfermarkt).
That is perhaps a reflection of the fact that Hendrick’s game time has certainly reduced and if Newcastle do end up signing Joe Willock permanently from Arsenal, it could reduce further.
That should ring some alarm bells for the midfielder and if Willock does join permanently, perhaps the Irishman should look to leave the club.