Blackburn Rovers boss has high praise for 'unbelievable' West Ham loanee Doneil Henry

The Canadian international has impressed since heading to Ewood Park on loan.

In January West Ham pulled off something of a shock signing, when they brought in Canadian defender Doneil Henry from Toronto FC. Recommended to Sam Allardyce by his former Blackburn Rovers player Ryan Nelsen, the former coach at the Canadian club, he was snapped up for an undisclosed fee on what the BBC dubbed a ‘long-term deal.’

The 21-year-old defender is considered to be one of the hottest prospects in North American football and as well as playing for Toronto, he also had a loan spell at Cypriot side Apollon Limassol last year.

Earlier this month Big Sam sent Henry to Blackburn Rovers on a one-month loan deal. There is no doubt that he has impressed in his first two games for the club. He has played against Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanderers since his arrival at Ewood Park, facing off against two giant strikers in Atde Nuhiu and Emile Heskey in the process.

Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has certainly been impressed. As quoted by Orange, the Blackburn boss had nothing but good things to say about the talented Canadian international:

"Young Doneil Henry came in and gave an unbelievable performance.

"He was against a very experienced striker in Emile Heskey. The lad's had a real baptism of fire in terms of the two strikers he's played against - Nuhiu at Sheffield Wednesday and Heskey.

"He's stood up to both of them, I'm full of admiration for the kid; he's done ever so well."

With James Tomkins out for the season with a dislocated shoulder and Winston Reid also carrying a knock, Henry’s form for the remainder of his loan spell might just see him get some first-team minutes at West Ham when he returns from Lancashire next month.

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