It’s been a grim start to the season for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfield battler, Karl Henry. Having begun the campaign being stripped of the captaincy Henry’s troubles have been compounded by a vicious war of words with football cum ‘philosopher’ Joey Barton, who branded Henry an embarrassing Sunday league footballer.
As if, for some odd reason, taking encouragement from Barton’s tirade, the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans appeared to have turned on Henry as well, booing their former captain as he was substituted and left the field.
Such an achievement should not be belittled…
Despite the obvious limitations of Karl Henry’s footballing ability, and those of most Premier league players and otherwise who habit the tough tackling defensive midfield role that he plays in, there can be little doubting the commitment and desire that Henry has brought to a Wolves team that would have otherwise lacked such a never say die attitude. Henry captained Wolves to promotion and two successful attempts to retain their Premier League spot. Such an achievement should not be belittled, and regardless of the possibility that Henry is slowly being left behind as Mick McCarthy adds quality to his squad, Wolves fans would do well to remember what he has given for the cause – after all, how many of such fans can be constantly heard demanding more energy and effort from players who have talent but lack application?
It is humbling to see McCarthy, a man from a former generation of football in some respects, come out to face the fans and offer public support for Henry. Despite passing the captaincy onto a new man, McCarthy clearly still understands the role that Karl Henry has, and can still play at the club. Henry has earned respect from those fans that booed as he left the pitch – hopefully now, the fans can act as such.
Images courtesy of Karl Henry and Mick McCarthy