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    Giosue Bellagambi
    GK
  • 2
    George Alfieri
    DF
  • 3
    Jaheim Headley
    DF
  • 4
    Tom Bamford
    DF
  • 5
    Mohammed Diaby
    DF
  • 6
    Taylor Annakin
    MF
  • 7
    Darnell Mintus
    MF
  • 8
    Tom Bell (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Kian Harratt
    FW
  • 10
    Josh Austerfield
    MF
  • 11
    Andrew Ijiwole
    MF

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  • 12
    Remi Thompson
    SUB
  • 14
    Nassim Kherbouche
    SUB

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    Dean Whitehead

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U17 INTERVIEW: HEADLEY PREVIEWS FLEETWOOD CUP GAME

11 December 2018

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Young midfielder enjoying his new life in West Yorkshire

- Interview with Under-17 midfielder Jaheim Headley
- Londoner enjoying his new life at Huddersfield Town
- Young Terrier discusses experience of time in Portugal

Jaheim Headley is hoping Town’s Under-17 side can cap off qualification to the knockout stages of the Clarets Cup with a top performance in the final group stage game against Fleetwood Town on Wednesday.

Headley and his teammates take on The Fishermen at PPG Canalside in a 1pm kick-off on Wednesday, with fans welcome to attend free of charge.

The game – the penultimate fixture of 2018 for Dean Whitehead’s age group – is the final group stage fixture of the U17 Clarets Cup competition, with Town already qualified for the knockouts thanks to wins over Burnley, Preston North End and Salford City.

Headley has been a regular feature in midfield for every game, netting four goals in 17 starts for the Under-17s this season after joining the Club from Mass Elite Academy in London during the summer.

For someone who only turned 17 in September, Jaheim has adapted quickly to life away from the capital, as he explained to htafc.com.

“It was pretty challenging when I first came in. I had to quickly get familiar with the area. I had to get up early to get the bus in from where I live, as they’re not as frequent as in London!

“The style of life up here is quite different; there are fewer people and I’m up in the hills, so it’s quite cold! I’m OK with it now though.”

As well as everyday life, he freely admits that the step-up to a professional Academy setup was a big change for him too.

“It’s a whole different tempo, and much more demanding. Before, playing against my age group, I was ahead of the others, but now we play against older players and I’ve got some catching up to do.

“I see myself as a versatile player; I know how to play a few different roles now. I’m getting better, particularly in my game understanding and on the tactical side.

“The whole group has a good understanding of the ‘Terriers Identity’ now too. There’s a lot of detail to it. I remember the coach (Leigh Bromby) asking the wingers to come inside and it was totally different to anything they had done before; they were still staying outside, for example. Now we understand and we’re beginning to play well.”

His performances for Whitehead’s men has also earned him opportunities at Under-19 level. He’s made five appearances for Mark Hudson’s group this season too, including a start against SC Braga as part of the trip to Portugal in September.

“I was pretty surprised!” Jaheim said of getting the nod for the trip. “The call came at late notice, on the Friday ahead of travelling on Sunday. Luckily, I had my passport up here!

“When I got out there, I was nervous for the first match. However, the squad really helped me settle in.

“Again, that was a real challenge physically. It was a lot more demanding.”

The Clarets Cup is the only competition in which the Under-17s face players of their own age, with regular weekend matches in the Youth Alliance League coming against Under-18 teams.

Jaheim concluded: “What ‘Deano’, ‘Brombs’ and ‘Huddy’ have taught us really works against people our age. There’s always the physical struggle against the older players, but against teams our own age we’ve been very good against a lot of teams.

“It would be nice to finish things off well against Fleetwood tomorrow.”

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Match Reports

DEANO ON U17s LEARNING FROM CLARETS CUP PERFORMANCE

13 December 2018

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Dean Whitehead reviews the Under-17s draw with Fleetwood in the Clarets Cup

- Comments from U17 Coach Dean Whitehead on Clarets Cup performance
- Whitehead looks ahead to Town’s upcoming game against Oldham
- Deano explains how the players can learn from the Fleetwood game

Under-17s Coach Dean Whitehead explained how the youngsters can learn from their latest performance in the Clarets Cup.

The Young Terriers had already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition before the final group match against Fleetwood Town, which took place yesterday (Wednesday 12 December 2018).

The game finished 1-1 at PPG Canalside and ‘Deano’ explained what the youngsters can take away from the game.

“Fleetwood started better than us, we made too many mistakes trying to play out and building up from the back.

“They put a lot of pressure on us high, but we didn’t make the right decisions to deal with that.

“All in all, we’ve learned that when teams high press us we have to find different options and solutions to rectify that. We have to find that better quality of passing.”

Despite that, Town’s Under-17s Coach reserved special praise for striker Kian Harratt (below).

The youngster scored his 22nd goal of the 2018/19 campaign from the penalty spot, which gave Town the lead.

“He’s a real goal scorer, he always wants to put the ball in the back of the net, he’s always in the right place to do that; he’s hungry, willing and open to learning,” explained Dean Whitehead.

“His hold up play is improving, there’s still a lot to improve on, but he’s improving rapidly. He’s a real goal scorer for us.”

The rainy weather also made the game harder for the Young Terriers as the conditions of the pitch changed quite considerably.

“A few of the lads come 60/65 minutes were feeling their legs a little bit,” admitted Deano.

“But they knew they had to get on with it in those tough, soft conditions.

“Their bodies would’ve been stiff and achy today, but we now have to prepare them for Saturday because with the injuries we have, we haven’t got too many options.”

There’s quick turnaround in fixtures for the Young Terriers as they now prepare to face Oldham Athletic in the Youth Alliance.

Deano explained how the focus on the team changes between the league and cup competitions.

“In the Clarets Cup game, we will give them a plan, they’ll come up with some ideas, and we will try to win the game.

“Whereas in the Youth Alliance, we use them as development games to learn things, try new things and to make sure that everyone knows our identity.

“Ultimately, we look at performances, not the results too much in the league games, it’s about them having the physicality and being able to cope with it.

“They are improving playing against older players, you can see the physicality developing in some of the young lads.”

Since joining the Club in the summer, Town’s youngsters have played in a variety of different systems and shapes. Deano explained how they will set up on Saturday.

“We will press them high in a 3-5-2 formation because they like to play out from the back, so we will put our lads in a system where we can lock on to them best up the pitch.

“In possession we will then play out with our normal structure, keeping the wing backs high and the wingers tucked inside.”

Town supporters can watch the Young Terriers’ final game of 2018 for free! The match takes place on Saturday 15 December 2018 at Oldham’s Chapel Road Training Ground (OL8 4QL) and kicks off at 11am.

Town's U17 team vs Fleetwood Town (4-2-3-1)
Giosue Bellagambi; Jaheim Headley, Mohammed Diaby (Nassim Kherbouche, 70'), Tom Bamford, George Alfieri; Tom Bell (c) (Remi Thompson, 62'), Taylor Annakin; Andrew Ijiwole, Josh Austerfield, Darnell Mintus; Kian Harratt

Goal
Kian Harratt (p), 18'

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