Huddersfield Town captain Jonathan Hogg has been on the end of praise from Carlos Corberan as he continues to play an important leadership role within his squad.
Hogg was appointed as Huddersfield captain back in the summer after Christopher Schindler departed the club. Around that time, Corberan was adding fresh faces to his squad, which now looks completely revamped to the one that dropped out of the Premier League under Jan Siewert.
Only one familiar face remains at the heart of what Huddersfield are doing: Hogg.
The 32-year-old has featured in all seven fixtures in the Championship this season, complimenting Lewis O’Brien’s energy in the midfield and providing Corberan with the ideal leader.
Corberan told yesterday’s press conference: “He’s the captain of the team. We’ve selected him to captain the team for everything he’s done for the club and continues to do for the club.
“I don’t want to talk about the past, but he was involved in one of the most successful moments of this club. At the same time, we decided we wanted him to be captain because he can still offer something to us.
“He’s someone with a character that’s more self-demanding than self-confident. That, for me, is always important. He gives us very good balance from a defensive side of the team, but he’s also someone that looks how he can improve and give more in attack.
“It’s clear that he’s one of the most important players we have right now.
“He’s the captain of the team not just because the coaches selected him. If you asked the players, all the team would recognise that he is one of the leaders in this club.”
The opening seven fixtures of the Championship season have been good for Huddersfield. They’ve won four times and drawn once in the league, rediscovering their groove after a tough start to the calendar year.
Confidence is high heading into this weekend’s meeting with Nottingham Forest after a convincing 3-0 win over Blackpool on Tuesday.
Josh Koroma and Matty Pearson put Huddersfield in control at the start of the second-half before Hogg struck with a rare goal. That was just his fourth in 278 Huddersfield appearances and a moment appreciated by everyone associated with the club.
Corberan continued: “It’s not many times we can celebrate with him because his position doesn’t allow him many goals.
“He scored one last season with a header from a corner against Bournemouth, but it’s true that not many times we see a goal like he scored the other day.
“That was very important for the team and everyone was enjoying that with him.”