Former England manager Sam Allardyce believes that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is arguably a better player than Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.
Henderson has gained a lot of respect from the outside as of late. This stems from having won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in the past six months. He was also named as the English Player of the Year yesterday.
Over the years, Manchester City’s Fernandinho has always received a lot of praise. Allardyce, however, believes Henderson could be the better player out of the two, especially going by what he has seen this season.
“I think it’s a surprising choice that a midfield player [has won England’s Men’s Player of the Year award],” Allardyce told Sky Sports. “I think he is the worthy choice by what he personally has achieved at Liverpool and what he means to the team.
“He links the defending and attacking in the middle of the midfield, as does Fernandinho at Manchester City, so everybody raves about [Fernandinho] and Jordan Henderson is equally good if not this season better. Mind you, Fernandinho has had to play centre-half most of the time.
“He doesn’t get the same praise as Fernandinho does but he does exactly the same job and sometimes better, in my opinion.”
It is an interesting point that Allardyce makes. Henderson is an exceptional player, but many do not see it.
Fernandinho is a top talent, but Henderson has performed to a similar level in recent times. However, there is no denying Henderson is fitter than the Brazilian, and you could also argue his passing range is better.
They are both exceptional players, but Fernandinho is viewed much more positively than the Englishman for some reason.