Why now is the right time for Derby to sell Jeff Hendrick

Derby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Hull's Abel Hernandez

Derby County’s Jeff Hendrick has starred for the Republic of Ireland.

Derby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Hull's Abel HernandezDerby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Hull's Abel Hernandez

Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick is currently enjoyed a superb summer with the Republic of Ireland, and as such there may not come a better time for the East Midlands club to cash in on him.

According to a recent report in The Sun, the Derby man is attracting interest from the Premier League and will spark a bidding war between clubs should he continue to shine at Euro 2016.

So far in France, Hendrick has put in two excellent performances against Sweden and Italy and was one of only a few to come out of the 3-0 defeat to Belgium with any credit with another solid showing.

Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick has a shot at goalRepublic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick has a shot at goal

Many at Derby are delighted to see both Hendrick and Richard Keogh thrive for the Republic of Ireland, yet there remains the obvious question as to why he can’t show such good form in a Rams shirt on a regular basis.

The 24-year-old clearly has talent, but over the past 18 months he has been frustratingly inconsistent that matches have gone by where one would barely notice he was out there on the pitch.

Last season he played 33 Championship games, scoring just two goals and averaging a rather disappointing 0.6 interceptions, 0.9 key passes and 1.1 successful take-ons per league encounter.

Moreover, question marks remain over his best position, with many referring him to a box-to-box midfielder which often causes problems when playing with a midfield trio rather than two in the middle.

Derby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Nottingham Forest's Gary GardnerDerby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Gary Gardner

With Derby currently boasting as many as six central midfielders in George Thorne, Bradley Johnson, Jacob Butterfield, Craig Bryson, Will Hughes and Hendrick, one or two could find playing time hard to come by this season - especially if new boss Nigel Pearson adopts his favourred 4-4-2 formation.

It’s unlikely the Rams would sell Butterfield or Johnson only 12 months after signing him, while Thorne is the only true holding midfielder and Hughes is widely regarded as the club’s most promising player.

It leaves Bryson and Hendrick as arguably the two viable options for a potential sell, and right now the latter’s stock is at an all-time high and Derby may not get a better chance to sell him for a decent fee.

Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick hits the crossbar as Sweden's Andreas Isaksson looks onRepublic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick hits the crossbar as Sweden's Andreas Isaksson looks on

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