Huddersfield Town captain Christopher Schindler says he is desperate to see his new central defensive partner Jon Gorenc Stankovic succeed at the club.
Stankovic endured a nightmare two years at Huddersfield following their promotion to the Premier League, missing the entirety of that first season in the top-flight due to injury, and making just 11 appearances as the Terriers were relegated in the latter part of the following campaign.
It was a similarly slow start for Stankovic in terms of opportunities in the current campaign, but a season-ending injury suffered by Tommy Elphick in a 3-1 defeat at Preston last month has handed the Slovenian a run in the side, starting the six games Huddersfield have played since that loss at Deepdale alongside Schindler.
Speaking about Stankovic’s performances since then, Schindler was full of praise for the 23-year-old, as he told The Examiner: “He has done brilliantly.
“I have seen how he has trained. If there is one player in the squad who deserves this chance then it’s Jon.
“He has been training on a very high level for years, even though it can be difficult for younger players to get into a squad, especially in the centre half position – because they usually come with experience.
“But you have to start at some point, and Jon has got everything you need as a centre half.”
Discussing his own link up with Stankovic on the pitch in the centre of Huddersfield’s defence, Schindler continued: “We are trying to get the relationship together now on the pitch and I am very happy with him.
“He makes it easy for you, but we still have to get to know each other better on the pitch. So we can play even better together.”
Of the six games Stankovic and Schindler have started together recently, Huddersfield have won one and drawn three, leaving them 19th in the Championship standings, four points clear of the relegation zone.
You do have to admire Stankovic’s performances for Huddersfield in recent weeks.
Having been on the sidelines for so much of the past few seasons, and with the situation his side find themselves in, you couldn’t have blamed him if he was nervous in any way on his return to the side.
But despite that, he does seem to have fitted back into the centre of defence rather well, and with Elphick set to be out for some time yet, it does feel as though it is crucial that he maintains those performances in the way he recently has.
You feel therefore, that Schindler’s comments here, will be a welcome confidence boost for the young defender going forward.