Huddersfield Town endured a disappointing afternoon yesterday, as Danny Cowley watched his side suffer a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in a flat Yorkshire derby.
Cowley was taking charge of his first game as Huddersfield boss, whilst in the opposite dugout, Garry Monk was doing the same for the Owls.
However, despite that edge, the game was flat, as Wednesday produced a professional display to dispatch the Terriers and launch Cowley’s new side adrift at the foot of the Championship table.
There was little for Cowley to be positive about post-match, but he claimed he knew was Huddersfield needed, pointing to a lack of resilience and grit throughout his press briefing.
"I know what this club needs. We need some grit, some resilience." #HTAFC
— AGB (@BurnsAlfie) September 15, 2019
Perhaps one of the only players to show him that against Wednesday was Trevoh Chalobah, with the midfielder constantly looking to get his side back into the game at 1-0 before his influence waned after Sam Winnall’s goal.
Here, we take a look at his impact in our latest FLW Spotlight…
The Chelsea loanee completed 55 passes, giving him a high success rate of 87% despite Wednesday’s convincing win.
In addition to that, the 20-year-old finished with 100% on his long passes being accurate – he really stood up against the likes of Barry Bannan and Sam Hutchinson, who given their experience, had the game on strings.
That’s also reflected in Chalobah winning 64% of his duels, and 100% of his aerial duels.
Finally, we point to the two interceptions the midfielder made on a difficult afternoon against the Owls.
Yes, Huddersfield were taught a lesson by an efficient side and Cowley will have concerns, but Chalobah won’t be one of those players weighing on the manger’s mind.
The Terriers were flat, but Chalobah wasn’t. In the first-half he popped up in clever positions in the right channel, looking to link with his overlapping full-back and Adama Diakhaby.
Of course, he’s raw and inexperienced, with the experienced Bannan really running the game for Wednesday, but that side of his game will come in time.
In his post-match press conference, Cowley claimed that Town are lacking ‘grit and resilience’, which were two traits you couldn’t claim were missing from parts of Chalobah’s performance.
For a young man, he offered what the manager wants.
His teammates need to follow his lead, despite his age.