Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien says he does not read anything into speculation about his future, after reports linking him with a move to the Premier League earlier this year.
O’Brien has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Huddersfield this season, becoming a regular in their side with 29 league appearances for the Terriers, scoring two goals and providing three assists during some impressive performances.
That is something that appears to have attracted attention from elsewhere, with reports in April suggesting that Sheffield United were plotting a summer move for the versatile 21-year-old, although it seems that apparent interest is of no concern to O’Brien.
Speaking to The Examiner about those links with the Blades, O’Brien said: “I don’t tend to look or read gossip and things like that.
“It tends to be that if you are a young lad that is in the team and playing well then you get linked with everything but I don’t take much notice.”
Indeed, it seems O’Brien believes he still has much to gain from working with current Huddersfield managerial duo Danny and Nicky Cowley, who were appointed at The John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the campaign.
Reflecting on the impact the pair have had at Huddersfield, and discussing what he hopes to achieve under them, O’Brien continued: “I think since Danny and Nicky have come in I have improved the most as a footballer. They are meticulous with everything they do and really into analytics and things like that.
“I’d like to be able to carry on where I left off this season and get back to action as I think me learning from them both is the best way forward for me.”
Huddersfield are currently 18th in the Championship standings, three points clear of the relegation places with nine games of the season still to be played at some point, meaning they are not yet safe from the drop into League One if the campaign does get back underway.
As things stand, there are currently just over two years remaining on O’Brien’s contract with Huddersfield, securing his future at the John Smith’s Stadium until the end of the 2021/22 season.
This ought to be something of a significant relief for Huddersfield.
O’Brien has been an impressive figure for the Terriers this season, and does look as though he could be a useful asset to them for years to come, meaning they will not want to lose him any time soon, with his comments here suggesting that will not be the case.
However, it is worth noting that with Huddersfield still not safe from relegation this season, it could be argued that their hand could yet be forced when it comes to key players such as O’Brien in the transfer window, should they find themselves slipping into the third tier when football eventually resumes.