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Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley is looking to further add to his squad, with a move for Rochdale starlet Luke Matheson being considered, according to a report by the Daily Mail, as Cowley looks to stamp his own mark on his squad during the January transfer window.
Matheson, 17, has put in some promising performances in his break-through season at Spotland with two goals and two assists in 19 appearances in all competitions, including a goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
So would Matheson be a good signing for the Terriers and would he get into the starting XI?
“A very smart investment from Danny Cowley if he can pull it off because Matheson is clearly destined to play a lot higher than in the bottom half of League One.
“Huddersfield’s business this month has been very strong to solve problems for this season as they fight against relegation, but Matheson would come in as a player for the future.
“Having played 19 times this season for the Dale, the right-back has managed two goals and two assists, showing that he is ready for first-team football at the minute.
“Stepping up to the Championship would certainly take some adjustment so I doubt he will go straight into the side, especially with Danny Simpson’s solid form, but as cover and learning off the experience in the side, Matheson could blossom at the Terriers.”
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“There’s no doubting why Luke Matheson is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the EFL.
“His goal against Manchester United is what everyone talks about, but in truth the player has a lot more to offer than the occasional big goal.
“Matheson possesses great intelligence for a player of 16 and if he continues to play regular football then there could be no stopping him.
“A move to Huddersfield would be a great switch, however I’m doubtful over whether he’ll be able to secure a regular starting spot straight away.
“Perhap he’d be best served staying with Rochdale for the time being as he continues to grow and develop after his swift introduction into the professional game.
“From Huddersfield’s point of view though, they could very well to get him on board sooner rather than later as he won’t be available for long with some of English football’s big guns circling.”
“Whoever takes the step to move for Matheson in the future will be getting a player that’s got the potential to be a real star.
“Of course, you’re running the risk of having to play the waiting game for him to develop and compete at Championship standard, but in other ways you might be better off moving now before his value rockets.
“He wouldn’t start, given Danny Simpson’s importance, but it is worth noting that the former Leicester City title-winner is at one end of his career whilst Matheson is at the other.
“For that reason, you can see why a move might make sense for Huddersfield, who could get ahead of the pack by igniting their interest in the coming 10 days.”