Matt Scrafton provides an expert opinion on Ollie Turton
- Expert opinion on Ollie Turton
- Blackpool Gazette Writer Matt Scrafton discusses Ollie Turton
- Local journalist gives an insight into Ollie’s qualities
How will Ollie Turton fit in at Huddersfield Town? Blackpool Gazette writer Matt Scrafton gave the lowdown on the defender!
What type of defender is Ollie Turton?
Huddersfield Town fans can expect a reliable and versatile defender. He is a tough tackler but under Neil Critchley he showed he could go forward well, press hard and play good football. He is a player that will never let you down and can do a job across any position in the backline.
What are his best attributes?
He is really reliable, when there is a big fixture you will call upon Ollie to do a job. Against Sunderland Aiden McGeady was probably their most dangerous player and we knew Ollie was going to start because of how reliable he is, we knew he would not let Blackpool down because of how consistent he has been for the Club.
He is also massively versatile, at times he played on the far right-hand side as part of a back three when Simon Grayson was at the Club and he handled that position very well. He was also called upon to play in midfield a few times due to injuries and performed well in that position, he pressed really well and did a great job, you would not think it was a defender playing in midfield when he played there!
What part did he play in helping Blackpool achieve promotion to the Championship?
Over Ollie’s time at the Club new right-backs have been recruited and this season was no different, but Ollie did what he has always done and improved his game a huge amount and cemented his place as the Club’s first choice right-back. He took his game to another level this season just gone.
Blackpool had the best defence in the league this year, conceding 37 in 46 league games, Ollie Turton played a huge part in that. He has not only proven that he is a good defender but also that he can get forward well and play a big part in the transition from defence to attack.
What is he like as a character?
He is quite an unassuming character and one that is not too bothered about the limelight, he does not want to be the star man, he would much rather go about his business by not making a big fuss about anything and do his talking on the pitch.
How will he fare in the Championship next season?
If he stayed at Blackpool, I would expect him to rise to the challenge and play at least 30 to 40 games in the season. Whether he gets that at Huddersfield Town I am not sure but if he does, I believe he will have a very positive season at this level.
If there is healthy competition at Huddersfield Town, I believe Ollie will thrive on this and it will make him a better player making him a very useful asset to Huddersfield Town.