Hendo’s come in for significant criticism after the Burnley game. There’s been calls to strip him off the captaincy and sell him. My opinion it’s all quite unnecessary. I have sympathy for Hendo who has to try and emulate our former beloved Captain in Gerrard but we have to move on and look ahead. Hendo’s had a torrid season last season with the injury problems. He’s played through the pain at times and although his work rate is certainly undoubted that bit of quality needed in midfield is in question.
In his best form I think Hendo has the potential to make a killer pass from midfield consistently and also instigate attacks from midfield. There’s been games where he’s been inspirational and last season, in our 3-0 loss at Watford, he was the only player who performed. Burnley was pathetic for the whole team but Hendo is just getting back and trying to develop his rhythm and form. If he stays injury free, he’ll prove to be a key part of any success we achieve this year. That year where we finished 2nd, his absence was sorely missed and while he may not be a Gerrard that can take the game by the scruff of the neck and win it all on his own, Hendo can still perform admirably for the team. In that way I think is the main difference between the two. Hendo is more of a team player and I think as a Captain he should try to raise the game of the players around him whereas Gerrard was more prone to pull out a moment of brilliance and change the game.
As Hendo finds his feet, we ought to support him and give him some time to get to grips with his role and get back to fitness before prematurely judging him and then regretting letting go of a potentially great player.