I hope I don't end up being made to eat my words but I think Henderson will thrive under the style of football we'll be aiming to play next season, especially with someone like Lucas beside him to act as a calming influence. Shelvey is a more natural "heir" to Gerrard, and is very likely the reason why we didn't go all out for Sigurdsson. Jordan is not the all-action midfielder our captain is. I don't think we're after Joe Allen at all, in fact, because they offer similar qualities. They are both young, mobile and good in possession.
I'm most interested to see what plans we have for Gerrard, really, because I can see Lucas and Henderson offering a good partnership behind a more offensive midfielder, but I was certain Gerrard would be dropping back.
Anyway, back to Henderson. Good young player. Ignore the price tag. Ignore the media. Support him, let him play. He hasn't settled yet but we know what he's capable of.