Huddersfield Town midfielder Andy King has suggested that Lewis O’Brien has the quality to go on and forge a career at the highest level.
King has made a solid start to his time with the Terriers since arriving at the club in January on loan from Premier League Leicester City, and the midfielder’s experienced presence has been a useful option for Danny Cowley to call upon from the bench – and the 31-year-old was called into the starting line-up for the 1-1 draw against Derby County last time out.
The Leicester loanee was joined in midfield by Jonathan Hogg, with O’Brien operating higher up the pitch, and the 21-year-old delivered another assured performance for the Terriers, in what has been an excellent season for him so far in which he has netted two goals and three assists in 25 league appearances.
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Speaking to the Huddersfield Examiner ahead of Huddersfield’s trip to Swansea City on Saturday, King suggested that he has been impressed by the quality O’Brien possess and that he believes the 21-year-old could go onto to enjoy a successful career at a high level.
He said: “I’ve been here a month and I think he’s been brilliant every game. He’s left-footed, he’s versatile, and from what I’ve seen he’s been brilliant and has a big career ahead of him.
“He’s got a good head on his shoulders and that appetite to work, which will see him do well.
“He’s one of those people who’s good at everything in training and away from the pitch, and a real likeable lad with his attitude. It’s good to see him doing so well.”
King knows all about what it takes to perform at the highest level, with the midfielder having been a key part of the Leicester side which managed to establish the club back in the Premier League, and even went onto win the title against all the odds in the 2015/16 season.
It is therefore interesting that the midfielder believes that O’Brien has the potential to make it in the top flight as well during his career, and the 21-year-old has certainly shown more than a few glimpses of the quality that he possess having become an integral member of the Terriers’ first team squad this term.
O’Brien will just be needing to work on his consistency, and if he can manage to produce performances that he has shown he can do over the course of a season, then Huddersfield will have a very valuable asset on their hands and a player to really build the team around.
The Terriers will be hopeful that O’Brien does go onto play at the highest level, having first helped them make it back to the Premier League, but for now the 21-year-old needs to concentrate on continuing to improve his performances and helping Huddersfield retain their Championship status.