Emile Smith Rowe joined the Huddersfield Town squad for the first time as they faced Barnsley on Saturday, though he didn’t feature in the final 18.
Unfortunately, the Barnsley game just came too soon for Smith Rowe. The deal only went through a day earlier, and Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley clearly wasn’t keen on putting the 19-year-old in without a few training sessions with the team first.
All the same, he travelled with his new teammates to watch the game. It ended 2-1 to Barnsley, but at least that shows some room for Smith Rowe to help out.
Speaking to Huddersfield’s website before the game, Smith Rowe discussed where he hopes to play in the team. Under Unai Emery, the teenager often had to play out wide, but under Freddie Ljungberg, he got a chance in the middle.
“I spoke to Danny and he told me that he’d like to play me in the number 10 or in one of the 8s,” Smith Rowe revealed. “Both are my preferred positions. He’s put a lot of faith in me and I can’t wait to get started.
“Huddersfield Town have a lot of great players. The 4-2-3-1 is a good formation for me to get into the 10 position. I can’t wait to meet the players and get training.”
It’s no real surprise to hear Smith Rowe say that. For the u23s, he always put in his best performances through the middle. He loves to play in teams that transition quickly up the pitch, leading those counter-attacks through the middle and picking out the right pass.
The loanee said as much himself, when the Huddersfield media team asked him about his strengths.
“I like to drive with the ball, create chances and score goals for the team. I like linking up all the time too; creating, scoring, driving with the ball.”
Huddersfield next face Brentford on Saturday 18th January at 15:00. It won’t be an easy game, with Brentford in excellent form up in third. Good luck to Smith Rowe if he makes his debut!