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This sensational Jeff Hendrick strike has been getting plenty of acclaim recently

The Burnley and Ireland player’s magnificent finish is well worth another look.

JEFF HENDRICK HAS been known to score the odd spectacular goal, but few if any have been better than his effort against Bournemouth earlier this season.

Back in December, the Ireland international opened the scoring with a stunning strike at Turf Moor in the Clarets’ 3-2 win.

The goal has rightly been acclaimed since, winning Burnley’s goal of the season on Sunday in addition to being one of the nominees for Sky Sports show Monday Night Football’s goal of the season (which Liverpool’s Emre Can ultimately won).

Ireland star Hendrick has played an important role in a successful first season back in the top flight for Burnley since their 2014-15 relegation, with Sean Dyche’s side safe on 40 points in 15th place currently.

Nevertheless that achievement hasn’t rendered Hendrick immune from criticism.

In a recent column for The Herald, ex-Liverpool and Ireland great Ronnie Whelan suggested both the player and teammate Robbie Brady need to do more for their side.

“Hendrick is in the Burnley team because he can still run all day, tackles and has a physical part to his game which Dyche likes. There’s no mystery there,” Whelan said.

“But I’d like to see more than that from him and much more from Brady.”

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