Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has praised the impact of midfielder Lewis O’Brien and believes his younger players will benefit from their pursuit to avoid relegation from the Championship.
The Terriers’ rich vein of form came to an end last time out following a 2-0 drubbing by Yorkshire rivals Leeds United after impressive wins against promotion hopefuls Bristol City and relegation rivals Charlton Athletic.
Cowley’s side sit three points above the relegation zone, with a clash against Wigan Athletic awaiting them on Saturday.
Despite their defeat to Marcelo Bielsa‘s side, Cowley was quick to praise his side, who are the sixth youngest in the Championship, and one player in particular, Lewis O’Brien.
The 21-year-old has featured regularly for the club this season – featuring 29 times and providing two goals and three assists in a breakthrough season for the midfield sensation.
“Lewis is hard-working and will fight to the end”, Cowley told reporters (via the Huddersfield Examiner).
“I think it was hard in there (the midfield area) and I think we had to probably keep trying to be really brave and get our 6s on the ball.ccccc”Maybe we didn’t get our 6s on the ball as much as we needed to, but you can never question that kid’s fight.”
O’Brien, who won the accolade of Huddersfield’s Academy player of the Year for the 2017/18 season, came through the ranks at League Two side Bradford City under manager Gary Bowyer – making 40 appearances during his spell with the Bantams and scoring four goals.
Now a Championship regular and a recent winner for January’s goal of the month following his goal against Barnsley, Terriers manager Cowley, speaking to the club’s official website, lavished praise on the youngster and his team-mates.
Cowley will be hoping his young charges can produce a much-needed result this weekend, as they aim to secure another season of Championship football.