Tuesday 28 February 2017

'He has got a bit of quirk in him': Burnley boss explains what makes Ireland star Jeff Hendrick stand out

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Burnley's Jeff Hendrick looks to run past Hull City's Tom Huddlestone during the Premier League match between Burnley and Hull City at Turf Moor on September 10, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Rich Linley/CameraSport via Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Burnley's Jeff Hendrick looks to run past Hull City's Tom Huddlestone during the Premier League match between Burnley and Hull City at Turf Moor on September 10, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Rich Linley/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick made his Premier League debut last week, getting 15 minutes off the bench in Burnley's 1-1 draw with Hull.

It wasn't an explosive start to life in the top flight for Hendrick, but Burnley manager Sean Dyche thinks that he has the character to make a big impact at the club.

The Dubliner starred for Ireland at Euro 2016, sealing a £10.5m transfer to the Premier League afterwards, which meant leaving Derby after five years in the first team.

Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, Dyche explained how Hendrick has a 'bit of quirk to him' and why that is a good thing to have in the Burnley squad.

"It does take time for players to adapt to a new environment, he’s been at Derby since he was a kid," Dyche said.

"He’s been so used to that club but I think he’s enjoying it.

"He looks like he has a smile, wants to be part of it. We managed to get him a bit of time last week.

"It’s well-documented, the culture here. It’s quite clearly obvious there’s a good mindset here. He’s adapted to that very quickly.

"I like his character, I think the players like his character.

"He’s got a bit of a quirk to him and there’s a good bit of belief in him but there’s also that humbleness to stay part of the group and make sure that the team is stronger than the individuals.

"I don’t think he’s stereotypical of a footballer. He’s got a different streak in there.

"A nice bit of character, he’s got a bit of chirp in him but in a good way."

Burnley travel to Leicester to face the Premier League champions at 3pm this afternoon.

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