Statistics show Jeff Hendrick's worth to Burnley

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Statistics have shown Jeff Hendrick's importance to the Burnley side, with the midfielder's future currently up in the air.

Hendrick, 28, is out of contract as of June 30th, depending on what happens regarding the Premier League season and whether it can be completed, and contracts extended accordingly.

The Republic of Ireland man has been linked with a free transfer to Celtic and Newcastle United, but boss Sean Dyche remains a big fan of the former Derby County man, for who he paid a then-club record fee, in excess of £10m, in the summer of 2016, after winning the Championship title.

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Dyche often makes a point of praising his versatility, with Hendrick being used narrow on the right before the lockdown, while he has played in a central two, and as a number 10: “People have questioned him at times but they forget that we use him all over the place.

“We use him right side, in the middle, he has played at number 10.

“He is so honest."

Opta data on Hendrick shows his value to the team, working hard with and without the ball, showing he has recovered possession 107 times in 22 games, up there with the likes of Spurs' England man Harry Winks, who has 114 from 19 matches.

Hendrick also manages a shot a game, with 13 of his 22 strikes from inside the area - although he only tested the keeper on six occasions, and has three goals so far this season - and 10 in 139 appearances for Burnley.

Hendrick has just two assists so far this season, but Opta show he has created 14 chances for his teammates, one better than Winks, and only eight shy of Dele Alli.