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25 November 2020



25 November 2020

Danny Schofield impressed with B Team performance

- B Team Coach reviewed victory against Sheffield Wednesday
- Danny Schofield discussed Club’s new pathway
- Kieran Phillips and Brahima Diarra highly praised

Huddersfield Town B Team Coach Danny Schofield has praised the Club’s pathways after forward Kieran Phillips was included in the match day squad against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Phillips has been a prolific figure for Town’s B Team, catching the eye of Head Coach Carlos Corberán, who has attended several fixtures.

Schofield believes that the environment created by Corberán has helped some of the young players at the Club prepare for the transition to senior football.

“I think what has been created here since Carlos has come in is a clear way of playing football and everyone is aligned to that; the U17s, the U19s and the B Team are all creating that kind of environment and have the same demands of what he wants from a football player,” said Schofield.

“With players making the step up, getting on the pitch, making their debuts and performing to the level they are, I think all of the younger players sense this and feel as though there is a pathway into the First Team, and it is important that they feel that they can visibly see this route.

“Kieran deserved that [call-up]; he’s doing really well in the B Team and he is scoring a lot of goals.

“He works hard in training sessions to develop his understanding of what the First Team demands of him as a striker, and I think his performances of late deserved that appearance on the substitutes' bench.

“I think there are fantastic staff members here, who are creating the perfect environment to provide the right opportunities and with the right care for some of these players to make the transition into the First Team.”

Phillips celebrated his maiden First Team call-up by scoring the opener in a 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Canalside on Wednesday afternoon with the B Team.

Schofield was impressed with how his side performed when in possession.

He stated: “I thought in terms of the structure of the two halves, they were similar in terms of us having the ball.

“I think we were more energetic, more decisive in our decision making, and moved the ball around a little bit quicker with more quality and more interchangeable play which was a big difference between the second half and the first half.”

The B Team Coach also praised the performance of 17-year-old Brahima Diarra, who produced a virtuoso performance, which saw him in a range of positions.

“I think Brahima is a fantastic young player with lots and lots of potential; I think that one day there is no doubt that you could see him in the First Team,” he continued.

“He is full of enthusiasm, he has a fantastic work ethic, a great character, a great attitude and he loves football. These are the fundamentals before talking about how good of a footballer he is. He has these in abundance and he is a talented footballer as well.

“He is a joy to work with and every day. He gives his all and like a lot of the other players, he has a lot of potential.”

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