Huddersfield former head of football David Webb thinks Emile Smith Rowe has the potential for a really good Premier League career.

Emile Smith Rowe with Chris Willock for Huddersfield Town (Photo via Twitter / HTAFC)
Emile Smith Rowe with Chris Willock for Huddersfield Town (Photo via Twitter / HTAFC)

David Webb worked as the Huddersfield head of football until recently, helping to bring Emile Smith Rowe to the club on loan in January.

The 19-year-old is up to 11 appearances in the Championship in this fragmented second-half of the season, showing promising signs for a struggling team. Webb says it was clear immediately what Smith Rowe would offer.

“Right from the first training session, you could see his quality was immense straight away,” Webb told talkSPORT. “I think he’s given the team a different dynamic to how they want to play, because he can play as a number ten or break-in number eight.

“Over the next two to three years, you’re probably going to see someone who is going to have a really good career in the Premier League.

“I definitely think he has the potential to play a number of games. I know Mikel had worked with him previously before he joined Manchester City at the academy. So he’s well acquainted with Emile’s talent and he’s a big fan of Emile as a player and person.”

Anyone watching Smith Rowe at Arsenal for the last couple of seasons will know what a talent he is. The first half of his 2018/19 season for the u23s and the first team was so impressive that RB Leipzig picked him up on loan, only for injuries to strike.

He did well again with the u23s this season when available. However, he really needed the consistent senior football the first team weren’t offering him. Huddersfield appear very happy to have him, though, and he hasn’t missed a game since his debut.