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11 February 2019



11 February 2019

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Micah Obiero ahead of Town Under-19s match against Scunthorpe United

- Micah Obiero on his development at Huddersfield Town
- Young forward on Dean Whitehead’s influence on the Young Terriers
- Under-19s face Scunthorpe United on Tuesday 12 February 2019

Young Huddersfield Town forward Micah Obiero is focused on improving his attacking movement as he continues to progress through the Club’s Academy.

Obiero, who joined Town as a striker, has found himself playing in one of the wider roles in the newly changed 4-3-3 system.

The youngster has scored six goals in 26 appearances for the Under-19s this season and went into detail about what he’s been working on.

“Recently I’ve been playing more out wide, so I’ve been adapting to different positions as well not just playing up top.

“I’ve been working on trying to make different runs, going in-behind more and not just coming short. I’ve been working on scoring goals too, so I can get as many goals as possible.

“It’s important that we follow the same style of play as the First Team because it makes that step easier.”

Dean Whitehead has taken over as Under-19 Coach since Mark Hudson stepped-up to be part of Jan Siewert’s First Team staff.

Micah explained how Deano has had an immediate impact on the youngsters.

“Deano has come from the First Team and has had a big influence on us. He’s an ex-professional, so he’s giving us his experience and insight into the game, which has been good for all of us.

“He’s laidback and understands the game, so he gives us the freedom within the First Team structure, so we all know what we are doing.”

Part of the Under-19s programme sees the Young Terriers compete against Men’s teams, similar aged teams and top foreign sides.

Micah went into detail about how each part of the bespoke games programme helps him.

“Some games have been more physically challenging. Men’s teams have more experience because they will have come through Academies or been ex-professionals.

“It’s a new challenge for us, but it helps us to get to know what Men’s football is all about; it’s not all pretty!

“Spain was a good experience too; playing against a different style of football, different oppositions and against a team that speaks a different language.

“It was hot, so we had to adapt to that. All the travelling meant we had to be mentally switched on, it was good overall.

“These trips are good for the long run because you’ve already had that experience if you make it into the First Team.”

The next challenge for Micah and his teammates is a similar aged side from Scunthorpe United.

The Young Terriers face the Irons at Glanford Park on Tuesday 12 February 2019, kicking off at 1.30pm.

The young forward told how the youngsters prepare for each game and what he wants to get out of it.

“We watch video tapes on them and from that we decide whether we will press or drop off.

“We will look at the strengths and weaknesses of each player, so going into the game we will have a good idea of how they will play; that’s the best way for us to get something out of it.

“For me, I am focused on getting better. I want to put in a better performance every game I play.”

You can follow live match updates from the Under-19s match on Twitter by following @htafcAcademy.

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