New York Red Bulls’ Henry happy to turn provider

Thierry Henry says he has reached a point in his career where it is easier for him to create scoring chances for his teammates rather than do the finishing himself.
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Thierry Henry says he has reached a point in his career where it is easier for him to create scoring chances for his teammates rather than do the finishing himself.

The New York Red Bulls striker, who has scored over 200 goals in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A, has admitted that perhaps his prolific scoring days are over.

The 33-year old Frenchman is now happy to become provider and set up the chances for those Red Bulls players around him.

“About scoring goals and being the go-to-player I – not on a bad way, don’t get me wrong – I’m past that. I’m more now of the mind making the team play better, if you know what I mean; that’s very important for me,” said Henry after a recent pre-season game in Mexico.

“The game against Chivas, I played in the middle. It was important for me to make this team click, give a pace to the game. After that, Juan (Agudelo) can score four goals every game, Dane Richards or even Bouna (Coundoul) comes up on a corner and scores. Seriously, it’s not my main concern anymore to be the go-to guy.”

Henry added that the days of him wanting everything on himself are well gone and he is now content to play a new role as his career moves into its twilight.

“You go through that at one point in your career where you want everything on you: It’s me. Corner kick, free kick, it’s me. Leave me everything, give me everything. Then you realize one of the most important things in the game is to be able to make the guys around you play better,” Henry added. “That’s way harder.

“The other day I actually enjoyed the game, I really did, being able to put people through open the space for someone else. It’s going to be about that this year. I hope everybody else is going to be on the same page, making everyone better.”

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