Newcastle United fans have been reacting to comments made about midfielder Jeff Hendrick whilst away on international duty.
The 29-year-old played 78 minutes for the Republic of Ireland as they held Portugal to a 0-0 draw in Dublin. He put in a reasonable performance in midfield, completing 86% of his 37 passes, making two clearances and grabbing an interception as well, earning him an overall rating of 6.6 (all stats from WhoScored).
Speaking to Virgin Media Sport after the game (quoted by The Chronicle), former Republic of Ireland midfielder Damien Delaney was quoted as saying “Jeff Hendrick is a man reborn. He looks like has rediscovered his desire, his mojo. He was brilliant in the first half.”
These comments were then relayed to Newcastle United fans via The Chronicle on Twitter, where they were left stunned at the idea of Hendrick being a good player:
“He can be reborn 10 times over and he still won’t be good enough.”
Which is no surprise when you consider the numbers that he has put up this season, where he doesn’t rank in the top ten of Newcastle player in the vast majority of statistical categories (via WhoScored), so it would seem like a bit of a shock to the system to see him getting praise.