Lucas backs Henderson to come good

Published Add your comment

Football News

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has sprung to the defence of new signing Jordan Henderson by telling critics the England U21 international must be given time to settle in.

Henderson has started seven of eight matches this season, only sitting out last week's Carling Cup win at Brighton, but has struggled to make his mark even though he scored his first Reds goal against Bolton last month.

The Brazil international said: "We can see he has potential to be a good player but he is still very young and we have to give him time and be patient and I am sure he will be a good player. Don't rush him a lot, give him time to settle and I am sure he will be a good player in the future."

Henderson, a £16 million summer capture from Sunderland, has been substituted four times already, with a number of performances bordering on the anonymous, and that has led to some criticism of the 21-year-old.

Lucas knows only too well what Henderson is going through as, having arrived from Gremio in 2007 for £5 million, he quickly became a target for fans to vent their frustration.

He has turned things around in impressive fashion in the last two seasons since the departure of central midfield heavyweights Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano and has backed Henderson to do the same.

"I don't blame the young players because I've been in their place for a few years," he said..

"He is English and knows the Premier League but to come to such a big club like Liverpool is really hard.

"I think he has played well and sometimes you get confidence when you get more minutes and understand the role you have to do.

"We have to encourage him and try to give him confidence to keep improving."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Bolton Wanderers
League Cup
Jordan Henderson
Premier League
Xabi Alonso
Brighton & Hove Albion

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again