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Newcastle United: John Gibson discusses Jeff Hendrick’s future

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Newcastle journalist John Gibson has been discussing the future of Jeff Hendrick at the club.

The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder, valued at £8.1m on Transfermarkt, signed for Steve Bruce’s men on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 on a four-year deal, but he didn’t enjoy the best debut season up on Tyneside.

He only managed to score two goals and contribute one assist in all competitions and could only manage a 6.33/10 rating on WhoScored, which ranked 23rd amongst all players at the club.

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And his poor performances not only seem to be affecting the club on the pitch, but it appears to be having an impact off it. Speaking about Hendrick on NUFC Matters, Gibson claimed that the club were looking to shift him on this summer in order to raise funds to bring in others – but apparently, there aren’t any teams willing to reciprocate:

“The good news is that one of them that is being put up for possible sale is Jeff Hendrick. The bad news is that nobody wants him. But he is one of them that’s been touted that, yes, he can go to make way for other people.”

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It really does put Newcastle in an awkward position, because what are they meant to do if nobody, themselves included, wants him?

Of course, it’s not as if they can just let him go on a free transfer either, as with three years left on a deal that reportedly pays £40,385 per week, whatever they’d earn in a free spot in the team they’d lose in terms of a compensation package.

The best bet is probably to play him as much as they can between now and the end of the transfer window and hope that he can miraculously pull a good performance out from somewhere to make teams take notice.

There are three games left between now and when the transfer window closes, one of them being a League Cup game where you’d imagine there might be some fringe players getting a game, so that is probably the only chance they have left to get him out the door.

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