Chelsea midfielder opens up on his time at Huddersfield Town - and special praise for one Terriers player

FORMER Huddersfield Town loanee and Chelsea starlet Alex Matos has lauded the impact of Jonathan Hogg during his loan spell at the club in the second half of 2023-24.

The teenager made 19 appearances for the Terriers last season and despite not being able to play his part in a successful fight against relegation from Championship to League One, he insists that his time in West Yorkshire will prove to be invaluable for him in the long run - lining up alongside the likes of Hogg.

The Town veteran has just signed a new deal to keep him at the club for a 12th successive season.

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Matos commented: "Every point means something, every goal means something and it’s hugely important.

Huddersfield Town loanee Alex Matos in Championship action against Yorkshire rivals Hull City last season. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.Huddersfield Town loanee Alex Matos in Championship action against Yorkshire rivals Hull City last season. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Huddersfield Town loanee Alex Matos in Championship action against Yorkshire rivals Hull City last season. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

"It’s a tough environment, but the senior players at Huddersfield helped me a lot and I learned a lot from them.

"Players like Jonathan Hogg were great and they were very good guys."

Matos is back at his parent club and turning his thoughts to the 2024-25 campaign.

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Despite the disappointment of Town’s demotion back to the third tier for the first time since 2011-12, the midfield enforcer believes that his experiences in West Yorkshire - both on and off the pitch - have helped to toughen him up.

The England youth international, one of several young Chelsea players to make the loan switch to Town in recent seasons, added: “It was good for me, I played a lot of games, got a lot of minutes and it was a great experience for me.

"My objective was to go out and play a lot of minutes in a good league in the Championship.

"Despite the disappointment of relegation, it was a really good experience and I learned a lot.

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"It was tough at the start, but gradually I adapted to my new living environment and learned to live by myself.

"Fortunately, my family came to pretty much every home game that I played and they were really supportive of me.

"I spoke to a lot of people at Chelsea during my time at Huddersfield, guys like Ed Brand.

"They were watching my games and giving me feedback all the time which was really useful."

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