Lee Ryder slammed the display of Jeff Hendrick for Newcastle United in their 1-0 loss in the Premier League on Tuesday night, awarding him a measly three out of ten in his player ratings.
The St. James’ Park faithful suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Yorkshire club currently sitting at the foot of the top flight table, and while Ryan Fraser was blasted for his ‘plain stupidity’ by the football journalist for getting sent off late on in the first half after two bookable offences in quick succession for Steve Bruce’s team, Ryder did not hold back on Hendrick either.
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Writing in his player ratings piece for The Chronicle, he said that the former Burnley man ‘lacked urgency’ and added that he ‘doesn’t look like he can cope with pressure’, giving him a very low 3/10 score, the joint-second lowest with DeAndre Yedlin behind Fraser, to whom he gave a 2/10 overall rating.
Hendrick was poor for Newcastle
Even though many of the Magpies players were very poor on the night, especially Fraser, Hendrick did not cover himself in glory.
The Republic of Ireland international lost out on 67% of his duels in the game, and also failed to record a single shot or tackle (Sofascore) – it is hardly ideal for a midfield player to lose more battles than he wins while also providing nothing in an attacking sense.
The 28 year-old also lost possession of the ball no fewer than seven times in the match, earning him a quite measly 6.8 overall rating on Sofascore.
Nonetheless, it was an evening to forget for both Hendrick and the Tyneside club.
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