Huddersfield midfielder Trevoh Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea, thinks Emile Smith Rowe added a lot to the team after joining in January.
Smith Rowe joined Chalobah at Huddersfield Town in the winter window, on his second career loan away from Arsenal. The 19-year-old’s only previous experience on loan was an injury-hit spell at RB Leipzig last year.
This time around, things went much better, with Smith Rowe making 10 appearances before the league shutdown. He scored against promotion-chasers Fulham and provided two assists overall, as well as winning a penalty.
More than that, he just added a lot to the team in possession. Chalobah clearly noticed the difference Smith Rowe was making.
“He has brought a lot to the team, a creative player and it was something we needed at Huddersfield,” Chalobah said (via Football.London). “You can see why Arsenal fans are excited about him.
“I think he could be a very good player. Whenever he gets the ball at his feet he can create something and he uses his attributes.”
Before Smith Rowe’s Huddersfield debut, they were 20th and flirting with relegation. They’re up to 18th now, though defeat to Leeds United in their final game before the league suspension did curtail their progress a little.
Of the Huddersfield squad members to make a minimum of five appearances, Smith Rowe is the third highest-rated of the bunch on WhoScored. Most importantly, he hasn’t missed a game through injury.
That’s all good news ahead of the teenager’s return to Arsenal next season. Before that, hopefully he has a strong end to the current campaign – if and when it happens.