Newcastle United are – fairly actually – nonetheless paying for the errors of the Mike Ashley regime, with the previous Magpies proprietor having overseen a chequered switch report that has left the membership lumbered with quite a few undesirable belongings.
One such peripheral determine is that of Jeff Hendrick, with the Republic of Eire worldwide at present out on mortgage at Championship aspect Studying, simply over two years on from having joined the Tynesiders from Burnley on a free switch.
Whereas the midfielder is now not a part of Eddie Howe’s squad, the membership’s desperation to maneuver him on within the current window has ensured that they’re nonetheless accountable for a good chunk of his £50k-per-week wage, as per the Telegraph, with Paul Ince’s aspect paying only a ‘tiny faction’ of that hefty wage.
The report means that the northeast aspect have been basically compelled to comply with such a pricey deal – in addition to a handful of others – with the intention to persuade the second-tier aspect to take him off their books, with PIF now left to endure financially because of Ashley’s failings with the midfielder setting them again round £5.2m in wages since arriving.
Howe and co had been so eager to maneuver the participant on because of his dismal performances at St James’ Park in current seasons, with the £2.7m-rated man having been restricted to 27 appearances in all competitions in that point, scoring thrice and laying on just one help.
Whereas the 74-cap dud’s influence was little question restricted, when he was in a position to characteristic he not often took the chance to impress, having notably been dubbed “sloppy in possession” and a “legal responsibility” by journalist Scott Wilson throughout a conflict with Southampton again in November 2020.
Such a efficiency seemingly epitomised his failings at Newcastle, whereas he has hardly proved the doubters improper throughout his spells within the second tier of late, having underwhelmed throughout a short lived stint at Queens Park Rangers within the second half of final time period, failing to offer a aim contribution in 11 appearances at Loftus Highway.
That lack of high quality has once more been on present this time period with the 30-year-old having been unable to register a aim or an help in his opening 11 video games at his present dwelling, along with his common match ranking of 6.69, as per SofaScore, solely the seventeenth greatest among the many Royals squad.
With the one-time Derby County man not precisely pulling up any bushes at current, it stays to be seen if this newest transfer will result in a everlasting exit, with there a possible for him to nonetheless be on Newcastle’s books subsequent season along with his current deal set to run till 2024.
That might little question be a nightmare state of affairs, with the membership having seemingly already been rinsed sufficient by the Irishman as it’s.