Karl Henry has received his fair share of criticism from Queens Park Rangers supporters this season.
Henry has been heavily criticised during his time at QPR so far, but he has remained a key part of their starting line-up under all three of their managers throughout the season to date.
The experienced midfielder has been in fine form in recent weeks, and Hasselbaink admits that without Henry in the team QPR would not be as effective.
“Karl gives us a platform to be able to play football, to pass the ball, to break things down, and to stop the flow of the game,” the Dutch boss explained.
“He’s been doing that ever so well recently, and that was especially the case against Brentford. You need those kind of players to have a good team. You cannot have 10 (Tjaronn) Chery’s or 10 (Junior) Hoilett’s - that doesn’t work.
“It is those players like Henry who make these other players play well, and from that you can become a solid team and be successful together.”
Henry is tasked with being QPR’s most disciplined midfielder, and he is required to allow the more creative players on the side more freedom.
The likes of Tjarron Chery and Junior Hoilett have benefitted from Henry’s defensive qualities in recent weeks, with the duo enjoying their best runs of form for the London club.
Despite Hasselbaink’s praise, Henry’s future at QPR is still unknown - as his contract is up at the end of the season.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man has not penned a new deal yet, and with QPR looking to create a more youthful squad it remains to be seen whether he will be offered the chance to stay at Loftus Road for the longer term.