QPR midfielder: The manager believes in me and that’s what matters
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 January 2016
QPR midfield general Karl Henry knows his playing style is not “easy on the eye” to some – but as long as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is content with what he brings to the table he is more than satisfied.
Henry, 33, has come under fire from some supporters after a mixed campaign so far.
He has been unable to replicate the dizzy heights of last season, when behind the recently departed Charlie Austin he was Rangers’ most consistent performer, despite their relegation from the top flight.
This has also been a season to forget for the Rs to date, but Henry remains an ever-present – and he has pledged to fight on and repay the faith Hasselbaink has shown in him.
He told the Times: “It’s been a bit of an up and down campaign for me, I must admit.
“Up until the last few games I thought my form had been quite good under the new manager, but I’ve had a few dodgy performances here and there.
“As long as I’m doing enough to impress the manager and that gets me in the team I’m happy, and if not I’ll work even harder to force myself into his first-team plans.
“I get that some people don’t find my playing style easy on the eye, but the team comes before anything else and as long as I can help them get a result that’s all that matters.”
Henry’s lowest point this season came when he was shamefully jeered by some sections of the home faithful during QPR’s 3-0 victory over MK Dons in October. But the midfielder accepts incidents like that are part and parcel of the game.
He continued: “People are entitled to their opinion. Maybe managers appreciate what I bring to the table more than others.
“I know what I can offer and you can always depend on me to give 100 per cent whenever I cross that white line.
“I think some of my work off the ball maybe goes unnoticed, but it’s always been the same all through my career – I’ve always played the same way.
“I’ve been in this profession a long time; I’m 33 years old now. I’ve learned to take criticism on the chin. It isn’t nice but you can’t do anything about that.
“Last season was a personal high for me, I felt I had a really good season but unfortunately we were relegated.
“Have I hit those heights this season? No I don’t think I have.
“But hopefully in the second half of the season I can start replicating that kind of form again, and the team and I can push on and end on a high come May.”
Henry, as well as the likes of Junior Hoilett and Rob Green, is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and he says that, while he is happy in W12, he is unsure what will happen in the summer.
“At the moment I’m just looking to remain in the manager’s plans, play as many games as I can and be a part of a successful team,” said Henry.
“I’m not sure what the future holds to be honest with you.
“From a personal point of view I’m happy here and very settled, but the club may look to go [down] a different route at the end of the season. We’ll just have to wait and see on that one.”
Despite being tipped to push for promotion this season, the Rs have found life in the second tier hard to adjust to following their relegation and they sit 15th in the Championship, 11 points off the play-offs.
Henry concedes that a push for promotion is now unlikely.
“As a team we’ve not been very consistent and as a result we’ve really struggled for results,” he said. “I think it’s going to be very difficult now and a bit too much for us to get in the play-offs.
“It’s far from ideal, the situation we’ve been in, so the win [against Rotherham] was a big one. We just need to try and put a winning run together now.
“We want something to build on for next season. I’m sure the manager will relish having a full pre-season under his belt here and putting together a squad he thinks will push for promotion, whether that means I’m here or not.
“Everyone can see he is trying to build something, and it’s nice to be a big part of that at the moment.”