Emile Smith Rowe’s loan move to Huddersfield Town was something of a surprise to plenty of football fans – most notably those of the Terriers.
The 19-year-old Arsenal prospect left the Emirates Stadium in favour of a move to West Yorkshire in the early stages of the January transfer window this year as he sought an opportunity play regular first team football.
It was a move which few were expecting, and one that left many supporters around North London feeling a little bit miffed.
Arsenal’s lack of form meant that opportunities for the club’s young talent was becoming a regular occurrence, with Smith Rowe one of those who were tipped to make a breakthrough under new head coach Mikel Arteta.
But with only cup football on the agenda, the attacking midfielder made the decision to go out and play regular football – something which starlet says he doesn’t regret one bit.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World about his move to Huddersfield, Smith Rowe said: “I’m really enjoying it.
“The boys have helped me so much since I came in.
“There’s a real bond in the team and from the first day that I got here everyone has been so welcoming to me.
“The main thing for me was about getting game time.
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“Speaking to the manager as well, that helped me make my decision and I think I made the right decision in coming here.
“I watched Huddersfield a couple of times when they played Leeds on TV in the first half of the season and I just felt like they just suited the way that I played and that I could fit into the team.
“I’m so grateful.”
Despite admiring the club from a distance, it was Danny Cowley who convinced the youngster to make the move to West Yorkshire.
Smith Rowe said: “The main thing that he did was that he gave me the confidence that I needed to help me come here.
“It was a good opportunity to get game time and he told me that he’d been watching me for a long time and that gave me a really big boost.”