Lots of Derby fans have been getting emotional about a post that the club put up yesterday, and in fairness, it’s for pretty good reasons.
Yesterday marked the nine-year anniversary of Jeff Hendrick’s first-team debut for the club in a game against Burnley at Pride Park. Hendricks was just the latest of a number of really talented players that have come through the Rams academy over the years.
Midfielder Hendrick has gone on to have a relatively OK career since then, scoring 36 goals in 353 career appearances, with the majority of them coming for us before his £10.5m move to Burnley in 2016, as well as racking up over 50 caps for the Republic Of Ireland.
Was Jeff Hendrick our best academy product of the 2010s?
So when the club put up a tweet yesterday to commemorate the anniversary of his debut, combined with a montage of some of his bets moments in a Rams shirt, fans couldn’t contain themselves in wanting to talk about his time at the club.
Would have him back in a heart beat
— Dan Fowler (@Dgfowlerr3) April 23, 2020
Underrated. Quality box to box midfielder who we’ve missed since he left!
— Liam (@LWTS96) April 23, 2020
— Charlie Mellor (@charliemellor20) April 23, 2020
Was a great player but felt his effort levels let him down sometimes.
— Tim (@xDronee) April 23, 2020
Incredible player , probably one of the most underrated / undervalued we’ve had 🐏 would be great to have him back in a derby shirt
— 1lewisaldridge (@1lewisaldridge) April 23, 2020
That Leeds Goal Is Messi esk
— ANDY TAYLOR (@ANDYTAY21438668) April 23, 2020
QPR cheating in the final… if Russell hadn’t have been fouled he would have been one on one and we would have gone up.
— Ray (@nofishnofungus) April 24, 2020
I wonder if he’ll pull a Tom Huddlestone and come back someday?