Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Doneil Henry has admitted that staying at Blackburn for the entire season would be a smart move for himself, seeing as the chances of getting into West Ham’s team this season would be extremely hard.
When asked if he wants to extend his deal with Rovers, Henry said: “If I’m getting games and if I’m doing well here, and if the manager back home wants me to stay longer, it would be smart. For me to get back into the team at West Ham right now wouldn’t be ideal because the players who are playing in that position are good, solid players who have experience.”
Henry has made one appearance for West Ham since joining the club last season, playing 90 minutes of the 2-1 loss to Astra in the Europa League qualifiers in August.
He unfortunately picked up an injury after that, and the centre-back linked up with Blackburn last month to give him the chance of playing consistent football and get back to match fitness.
Henry played three games for Rovers last season when on loan before getting injured, and he made a three minute cameo against Sheffield Wednesday last week.
There are no indications that Paul Lambert is going to play Henry consistently, but the youngster has admitted that staying at Blackburn makes sense considering the lack of chances he will get at West Ham.
The centre-backs ahead of him are more experienced and more talented, and the 22-year-old needs to use this loan spell as a way to prove himself to Slaven Bilic.
His current loan is set to expire on January 3, but it would come as no surprise to see the youngster extend his stay with Rovers for the rest of the campaign when the transfer window opens.