ON TUESDAY night, Huddersfield Town’s directors’ box resembled a convention for Premier League scouts.
Arsenal, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur were just a few of the top-flight clubs represented at a game that the Terriers won 2-0 against Rotherham United.
Identifying who the scouts are there to watch can be a dangerous guessing game. But, in this instance, it was not too difficult to deduce that Town’s on-loan left-back Ben Chilwell was the subject of all the interest.
Not 19 until Sunday, the left-back is already highly-regarded in the game after impressing sufficiently at Leicester City last season to be named Academy Player of the Year.
Since joining Huddersfield on loan, Chilwell has underlined that potential with a string of impressive displays that is currently keeping out erstwhile first-choice Jason Davidson.
For his part, the teenager is enjoying his first taste of senior football and the chance to work under head coach David Wagner.
“Just playing men’s football is the main thing for me,” said Chilwell to The Yorkshire Post. “I am playing in the Championship week-in and week-out, where the winning mentality is everything.
“Playing against grown men is everything I need to improve my game. Occasionally, I feel like a boy playing in a man’s world.
“You go into 50-50s and you do realise a man is a lot more physical than you, but it is all good as I need to improve my physical side.”
Chilwell has played in Town’s last four games and impressed hugely. His energy and deft touch make the full-back a neat fit for the ‘gegenpressing’ style that Wagner advocates, as was illustrated in front of those watching scouts against Rotherham.
Huddersfield set the tone in the early exchanges against the Millers and deservedly led at the break through Muzzy Carayol.
Rotherham, after a stern talking-to from manager Neil Redfearm during the interval, improved hugely after the restart, but Chilwell and the rest of the home defence held firm to claim Town’s first home win in almost two months.
“I feel I am getting a lot fitter here,” he replied when asked about life at the John Smith’s. “I am getting up and down the line and I am enjoying myself.”
The England Under-20s international added: “Everything at England is technical which is the same as it is here, getting on the ball and always playing the ball on the pitch. That helps a lot.”