Jon Russell has had an excellent debut season at Huddersfield Town, developing at a rapid rate compared to what would have been expected after arriving from Chelsea.
The towering central midfielder was a fringe player on loan at Accrington Stanley in 2020/21, therefore to become a regular for the Terriers in the final few months of the season is a huge achievement.
Should Lewis O’Brien leave the club this summer, Russell seems like a player who could fill the void in the coming years and could be even more integral under Carlos Corberan next season.
The 21-year-old was unfortunate not the start the Championship play-off final, given the part he has played in the club getting to Wembley but there are bigger things to come for the engine roomer.
Russell took to Instagram to express his emotions after the season reached its conclusion.
He wrote: “What an incredible season us terriers have had, the result was disappointing but I’m so proud to have been a part of such an incredible team and club.
“Thank you to all the fans, you have been nothing short of amazing.”
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It looks set to be a busy summer ahead at the John Smith’s Stadium, trying to emulate the success of the window in 2021 to supplement the nucleus of a promotion pushing squad heading into 2022/23.
Emotionally, it is going to be very difficult to process the loss at Wembley, due to the two strong penalty claims that not even VAR had their corner for.
It will be tough for Corberan and the players to dust themselves down following that disappointment, and a hangover into the first couple of months of next season could be forgiven.
Russell’s comments are very well collected and demonstrate an impressive degree of maturity for his age, encapsulating the attitude that Huddersfield need to have in embracing the challenge of another campaign in the Championship.
Russell could have a huge role to play and another top six push is possible, if they can replenish the squad smartly again.