Huddersfield Town have suffered an awful start to the season and find themselves sitting rock bottom of the Championship after eight games of the new campaign.
The Terriers will be hoping to turn their form around after appointing Danny Cowley as boss with his assistant, Nicky, just two weeks ago.
Since the Cowleys came into the club there has been no immediate upturn in results with the side losing to Sheffield Wednesday and then West Brom in recent games.
There has been one bright spark though. Lewis O’Brien has come through from the Huddersfield academy, and is really starting to prove that he can be an influential player that can help change the fortunes of their season around.
The 20-year-old has burst onto the scene this season after an impressive loan spell at Bradford in the last campaign. He started the game against West Brom on Sunday and managed to score what was a very well taken goal after a successful run.
This will have boosted his confidence no doubt, and the attitude that he’s showing towards the cause is something that some of the Huddersfield players need to look at ahead of an important couple of fixtures.
The stats that he showed against the Baggies will fill supporters with promise that they might have found their next star. O’Brien had 100% of his shots on target, showing that he’s a danger when going forward, whilst also having a dribble success rate of 100% that highlights an extreme presence he can be when in possession off the ball.
He wasn’t just influential in the opposition half, O’Brien was able to win 75% of his defensive duels against West Brom, which is very high for an attacking midfielder.
Cowley seems to like him as a player and that will only enhance his development as he looks to become a regular starter for the Championship outfit. He doesn’t seem overawed by the type of games he’s been playing in, and because of the position that Huddersfield have found themselves in, there hasn’t been as much pressure meaning he can play with freedom in the attacking areas.
With 70% of his crosses accurate, he may look to play Steve Mounie in the next few weeks, as Cowley would have seen that there is someone who is able to find him in the box. It is a really promising start for O’Brien at Huddersfield, and it is exciting to see what he might become in the next few seasons.