Danny Cowley has told Adama Diakhaby that he has to improve his game and should look to follow in the footsteps of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.
The winger hasn’t had the best of starts to his Huddersfield career, with the Terriers struggling in the Championship and without a win this season.
Cowley believes that his influence will only improve the players long-term game which can effectively help the club progress forward.
Huddersfield travel to Stoke on Tuesday night hoping to get their first win of the season, with both sides knowing how important a victory could be for them.
And, Cowley compared the improvements he’s trying to make with Diakhaby to some that Pep Guardiola has made with Sterling.
Speaking to the Examiner Live, Cowley said: “He’s got unbelievable athleticism, he works really well and we’re working with him in terms of his double-movements. We’d like to get him behind the full-back instead of in front of the full-back…you see how Pep Guardiola has improved Raheem Sterling by getting him to do that.
“They’re the type of wingers we like and that’s the kind of work we’re trying to do with Dia. He’s an exciting prospect. We anticipate McClean to play as left-back and he’s a threat on the overlap but maybe more used to playing as a winger so we’ll see if there’s something we can exploit there.”
What a big game it is for both sides on Tuesday night, Cowley will be hoping that Diakhaby will have an improved performance as he looks to show the boss why he should be starting for the Terriers.
There’s lots of competition in those positions, but the winger has shown glimpses of his quality and if he can be more consistent then Huddersfield will have a proper out and out winger on their hands.
If they are to get out of the mess that they’re in, then they need all of their forward players firing and looking to improve, it’s good to see that Cowley has tried to work on him individually so you assume he would have done that with the other players.