Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has claimed that new signing Danny Simpson’s experience will be crucial to the club this season, as they look to re-establish themselves in the Championship.
Simpson only put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday, but was thrust straight into the action for the Terriers, playing the full 90 minutes against Millwall on Saturday despite not being 100% fit.
That game ended with Huddersfield picking up just their second point of the season in a 1-1 draw, and after the game, Cowley was keen to heap praise on his first signing as Huddersfield boss.
Discussing Simpson’s personality off the pitch, it seems Cowley has already been impressed with the attitude of one of Leicester’s former Premier League title winners, with the Huddersfield boss revealing to The Examiner: “Danny is just a really good character.
“He has had some difficult times in his life, which he would be the first to admit, but the thing I like about Dan is that he has learned from them. He has accepted responsibility and now he is trying to use his experiences to help others.
“When I first met him I was really impressed by the substance of him as a person.”
It seems that Cowley is equally impressed with what Simpson has done on the pitch, as he continued: “We have some good full-backs at the club – Jaden Brown is just a baby but he has done great – and he will help them.
“There is no better at one v one defending and being able to control the quick wingers.
Explaining why he thinks Simpson is so effective in that role, Cowley added: “You always think that Danny is really quick, but it’s actually his positional play and being able to control the space and the man that has made him such a top player over the years.
“So we are delighted to have him, both on and off the pitch.”
Huddersfield are currently 23rd in the Championship, and are next in action on Tuesday night when they travel to the Bet365 Stadium to face bottom side Stoke City.
I do think Cowley is right with what he says about Simpson here.
Having previously won that Premier League title with Leicester, I don’t think there is any question that he is capable of competing at this level for Huddersfield.
Indeed, it seems as though his ability has already caught the eye of Cowley, and the fact that the Terriers boss is willing to play him even when he isn’t fully fit seems to highlight just how much he rates him.
That is something that Huddersfield may need to be careful with however, as they do not want to overwork him too soon, and find themselves facing an injury concern around someone Cowley clearly feels can be a key player for them.