Karl Henry drives the Hoops’ engine despite calls to be benched



Karl Henry. Picture: Action Images

Nick Skoric

By Nick Skoric

Johan Cruyff is lauded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. But it was thanks to Johan Neeskens’ dirty work in midfield that the stage was set for the Dutch maestro.

QPR’s own ‘Johan the Second’ is signor Karl Henry whose tiresome work rate keeps the team ticking over and allows the likes of Massimo Luongo and Tjaronn Chery to terrorise the opposition defence.

But there have been calls to axe the despite being ready to start the home game against Reading on Saturday.

The derby win left us in a great mood ahead of the international break and with everyone back now we want to continue our climb up the table,” said Henry.

“We are not happy with the position we find ourselves in at the the moment but we are the only ones who can change that and Reading are now in our firing line.

“Wins at home are essential for any team so we really need to start collecting those three points if we are to have a chance of making a success of this season. The manager demands success and we want to deliver. We are putting the hard work in every day and now we need a good run of results when we step out onto the field for QPR.”

Karl Henry does not have the creative flair of Chery but the 33-year-old must play despite calls for him to be dropped as his simple break up of play and ability to supply the more attacking players is required.  

The frustration of Hoops fans is understandable and explains the reason Loftus Road can sound more like an exam hall than a football stadium at times.

Flyers will be put on all turnstiles at the stadium ahead of Saturday's match to encourage supporters to make some noise during games. But how will the paying customers respond?

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and unless specifically stated are not necessarily those of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

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