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Why Jordan Henderson is the best midfielder in England

Thursday 13th October 2016
Once overrated now underappreciated, Jordan Henderson seems to always be on the receiving end of unfathomable amounts of irrational opinions. For a player that exudes consistency & professionalism, why can't people just accept Jordan Henderson?
The public's flip flopping perception of Jordan Henderson never ceases to amaze me. At one point he was considered England's best ever midfielder now he's described as nothing more than a one-dimensional workhorse. But those who constantly criticise him will be hard pressed to name three things he's not good at. Honestly, he's not as bad as his detractors make him out to be, in fact, he's much much better.

At times it feels like the English public always HAVE to find a scapegoat to blame at all times. Someone has to get blamed for every single failure. It was solely Roy's fault when England crashed out the Euros, he went, then it was solely Rooney's fault for England's sub-par performances and now Henderson is to blame for absolutely everything.

Despite the ever-changing nature of the personnel around him, he's been the one constant in Roy's, Allardyce's and Southgate's England squads, the centrepiece and now the face of English football. From Coventry City loanee to Liverpool's leader and England's captain. And his meteoric rise is only set to continue, what's next? ballon d'Or nomination? Perhaps.

This season Henderson has sustained an average of 90% pass accuracy throughout all his games, something only expected of a Xavi or Andrea Pirlo, but you won't hear anybody singing his praises. In only seven PL games he's created 10 clear-cut chances, despite not being the most advanced of a Liverpool midfield three. Henderson has also completed more passes than anyone else in the Premier League, but his dominance doesn't end there, he supersedes his peers across Europe too.
Three years ago everybody was talking about England's plethora of midfield talent, the likes of Jack Wilshere & Ross Barkley were portrayed as the golden boys of this generation, while Henderson was cast aside and branded as average, now he's the only one standing. In ten years time people won't be talking about Jack Wilshere's one performance against Barcelona or Ross Barkley's 30-yarder against Manchester City, they'll be reminiscing about how Jordan Brian Henderson led his nation to World Cup glory.
His time at Liverpool has been troubled with constant criticism. He's the last remnant of Dalglish's tainted mega-spend a few years ago and not only has he remained at Anfield but he's risen to the top. When he arrived from Sunderland in a deal worth up to £20m he was unfairly written off before he had even kicked a ball, the price tag was deemed excessive but in hindsight, it was a bargain. The comparisons with Gerrard were also unavoidable, they resemble each other in almost every way, Henderson is just a bit more superior in his distribution. Sometimes I watch Liverpool play and it honestly seems like Steven never left.
When people ask what Henderson does, I laugh. Sorry but it's just lazy to say Jordan Henderson offers nothing to a team. People often equate quality to impact, Jordan is subtle but crucial in his contribution to England & Liverpool. Henderson has a role in the team that he perfectly executes any time he steps out on the pitch. He spreads play, breaks up attacks, opens up passing lanes and wins games. Love him or hate him, Jordan Henderson will be at the forefront of English for years to come.

Oh yeah, Jordan Henderson has more assists over the past three years than any other English player, let that marinate.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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