Hendrie has been part of West Ham’s pre-season schedule as the club prepares for the return of the Premier League and it’s an experience he’s suggested has had an undoubted positive effect for him personally.
“It’s been brilliant, training with some of the players we get to train with - It’s absolutely brilliant to be playing with players like him (Dimitri Payet) and to be at a club like West Ham, which is a family club and all the boys have welcomed me great. It’s been a good few weeks,” he told whufc.com.
The unfortunate challenge facing Hendrie
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will be encouraged to see a player like Hendrie with a spring in his step, full of ambition ahead of the more serious games.
However, he faces a very difficult challenge to try and improve his position in the pecking order against Aaron Cresswell, who was voted as the club’s player of the season in the last campaign.
All he can do as a left-back is keep himself fit and keep himself ready to step into the team and challenge Cresswell with any opportunity he’s given over the next few weeks.
Not a bad player to learn from
Cresswell is the sort of player that Hendrie should be studying extensively because this time last summer, he found himself in the same position.
Cresswell was a new signing at West Ham, looking to make an impression under old manager Sam Allardyce and he was a model of the precise and professional way that any new signing should go about his business.