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Stoke Fans Want To Keep Hendrie

Mr Vital Stoke Chris Baldwin emailed me the other day and said we can't have Lee Hendrie back from his loan at Stoke, so I thought I'd investigate further and asked him the following few questions:

1) So how is your season going so far?

Very poor start, but maybe not surprising with a new owner and manager and it's taken awhile for the team to gel. A vocal minority have always been against a Pulis return to the Brit and used the first two months' poor performances to to try and prove their point. But since the introduction of some loan signings - Hendrie, Diao (from Liverpool) and Griffin (from Portsmouth), he has had the opportunity to drop some underperformed midfield players and in October we've seen a complete about turn - three wins out of four, 11 goals scored and only 2 conceded.

2) How is Lee Hendrie settling into the Championship and more importantly your side?

Most fans would claim that Hendrie has been a single most important thing that has happened. Besides scoring three goals in five games, he has had a helping hand in most of the others and is everywhere on the pitch. He's given the team and fans a lift and really seems to enjoy himself. You can see how he milks the applause when he scores.

3) Is he starting every game and have the fans taken to him?

Who could leave him out? He is easily the most popular player at the club at the moment. He spends time signing autographs before the game and has already been spotted throwing his shirts into the crowd after the game!

4) What did you think about the comments by Martin O'Neill that Lee Hendrie is going nowhere permanently at the moment and that he will return and have his testimonial match at Villa Park? Click Here
and do you think Lee would be happy to stay at Stoke having taken a drop down in divisions or do you think he is there to gain match fitness to fight to get his place back at Villa?


I think most people accept that we're not going to be able to keep him. It's obvious he'd just love to do well at Stoke and then go back to Villa and a regular first team place. He says that O'Neil has told him that he is still in his plans and that the loan is to get him back to full fitness. He was interviewed on BBC Radio Stoke last week and obviously was asked if he would sign, but he batted it away with a vague 'football is a funny game and anything can happen' type of reply.

Being realistic, I think it would be great if he could stay on loan until the end of the season.

With thanks to Chris Baldwin




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 30 2006

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

bring little lee back,im sure martin would get best out of him and if he does that theres no denying lee has bit of class we need with injuries piling up now.
Belfast Villain
keep him, hate the lad
Layzee
I've got plenty of time for Lee, plenty of time. I know he has his critics, there's plenty of them around, and some of the criticism hurled Lee's way is possibly justified, but I rate the guy, and believe he could still do a very important job for us at Villa Park. I believe that he's a better player than a lot of folk give him credit for, and working under the guidance of MON and his staff could only benefit Lee and the club. Regarding his time at Stoke City. Could they afford to buy him on a permanent deal? Somehow I very much think not.
glensider
With Gabby the only striker playing well could we use Hendrie wide right? Not sure Agathe is good enough.
Gazvilla
Brillaint argument put forward there glensider, and one I very much agree with.
Tierney
Lee needed guidance, motivation, encouragement, put short it was not his physical skills that let him down, just where his head was at. and the managers he had in charge of him just didn't know how to handle him, MON is a fantastic man manager, probably one of the best in the business. if anyone can get the best out of hendrie its him, so come on Lee lets have your claret and blue blood back where it belongs. UTV
steff_the_villan
Hendrie is an idiot. His constant shameful antics down the years display a childish spoilt brat attitude, and have brought the wrong kind of attention to our club. Whatever talent the lad has he has never shown consistently enough. He's 29 now. While MON is certainly a fantastic man manager, Lee should be old enough to sort his own head out. FFS he's not a child, and when we make excuses for him we just set him up for his next fall. Let Stoke have him once his contracts finished.
The Usual Suspect
Oh so he'll spend lots of time signing autographs for Stoke fans but snub young Villans! (I've seen this happen!) Hope he stays there!
DeanoVilla
Deano, shocked and sorry to hear that, but could that have just been one bad day at the office? it happens to us all. but if that is his general attitude it is not on.
steff_the_villan
 

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