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Chris Willock reveals Danny Cowley influence at Huddersfield Town as he shines at QPR

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Chris Willock has been one of the breakout stars in the Championship this season and he identified a loan spell at Huddersfield Town as important in his development.

Danny and Nicky Cowley left their roles as manager and assistant manager at Lincoln City to join the Terriers after they made a poor start to the 2019/20 campaign.

The current Portsmouth duo, made light work of steering the club clear of relegation before being dismissed and replaced by Carlos Corberan the following summer.

Trevoh Chalobah, Emile Smith Rowe and Willock all profited from their time at the John Smith’s Stadium during that time and have embarked on a steep upward trajectory in their careers since.

Willock explained how Danny and Nicky Cowley positively impacted his career when he spoke to The Athletic.

He said: “The Cowley brothers are very good with analysis. One of their (main) attributes is they’re very good in the classroom and you can see that on the pitch. It could be off the ball or on the ball. I had quite a lot of sessions with them and they always reassured me that I was good enough, I just needed to make a few adjustments and I’ll get to where I want to be.”

Huddersfield’s loss has been Queens Park Rangers’ gain with Mark Warburton’s men building a push for the top six, competing with the Terriers, on the attacking vigour that Willock and his supporting cast have provided.

The future forecast looked unclear when Arsenal let Willock leave for Benfica B on a free in the summer of 2017, but at 23 he is in a great place in his development and in the interview he showed his gratitude to those who have helped him get to where he is today.

Willock continued: “He (Danny Cowley) always said to me, ‘You have the ability, but you need to focus and implement what positions you need to be in off the ball which will make it easier for you and help you going forward. So, if you win the ball higher up, you’re closer to goal to affect the game’. I really tried to take that on.

“I’ve got to thank him a lot.”

QPR climbed back into the play-offs with a 2-1 victory at Birmingham City on Sunday, Willock’s emphatic solo goal typified the confidence he is playing with at the moment, it will be interesting to see if there are any murmurings from higher places around his services this month.

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Danny Cowley and Nicky Cowley have always come across really well as progressive coaches that put a lot of thought into how they can develop the players at their disposal. They endured a slow start to this season at Portsmouth but have began to turn their form around in the last couple of months, Willock’s glowing reference should firstly make Pompey a more attractive destination for Premier League clubs to send their talented youngsters to, and secondly go some way to convincing the supporters that they are the men for the job long term.

It is no coincidence that Chalobah, Smith Rowe and Willock have all become much better players for spending time with the Cowley’s in 2019/20 at Huddersfield Town.


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