This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Four years ago, Jeff Hendrick was heralded as one of the standout performers for Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, with the country’s all-time record scorer Robbie Keane singing his praises for his performances in France. A couple of months later, he became Burnley’s then-record signing as the Clarets spent £10.5m to lure him from Derby, which up to then had been his only senior club.
The Irishman made 31 Premier League starts as Sean Dyche’s team retained their top-flight status a year after winning promotion, with Hendrick contributing two goals in that campaign. The second was a real gem, a sumptuous 25-yard volley in a 3-2 win over Bournemouth at Turf Moor.
Another 34 league appearances followed in 2017/18 as the Irish midfielder helped Burnley to qualify for Europe thanks to their excellent seventh-placed finish. He again chipped in with two goals, one of which saw the Clarets cap a marvellous 24-pass move in a 1-0 win at Everton.
Hendrick ended his third season at Turf Moor with three goals in 32 Premier League games, including another delicious volley as Dyche’s team drew 2-2 at Chelsea. Upon signing a new contract earlier in the season, the manager lauded the Irishman’s versatility – he has played in no fewer than six midfield roles in his time at Burnley, ranging from holding midfielder to number 10, as well as playing on both flanks (as per TransferMarkt).
The 28-year-old kept up his two-goal average in this season’s league campaign but won’t get the chance to add to that in claret in 2020/21, as it was confirmed earlier in the week that he will leave the club once his contract expires on Tuesday.
Has Jeff Hendrick exceeded your initial expectations at Burnley?
Hendrick has never been a Hollywood performer to constantly get fans out of their seats but, as per WhoScored, his match averages for key components of the game such as tackles won, interceptions, dribbling and efficient passing, as well as the occasional bit of goal-scoring were on a steady and consistent level in his four years at Turf Moor.
Clubs such as AC Milan (Sky Sports), Roma (Calciomercato) and Newcastle (Chronicle Live) are reportedly interested in pouncing for the Irish midfielder and, having made 22 or more league starts in every season that he has been at the club, Hendrick will no doubt be missed by Sean Dyche – and probably many Burnley supporters – as he prepares to say his goodbyes.
Burnley fans, have you been impressed with Hendrick throughout his time at Turf Moor? Are you disappointed that he is leaving next week? Comment below with your views!
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