Huddersfield Town in safe hands with Ryan Schofield

AT the age of 21 and with just seven first-team appearances to his name for Huddersfield Town, goalkeeper Ryan Schofield is very much categorised as a Championship rookie.

In safe hands: Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Ryan Schofield.

But his sound performance and decision-making against Watford underlined both his talent and character as someone who seems to have an old head on young shoulders.

Saturday was his fourth clean sheet in Town colours.

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Town striker Fraizer Campbell, 12 years older than Schofield and at the opposite end of his career, is certainly impressed by what he is witnessing from his fellow native of Huddersfield.

Campbell said: “He is an extremely laid-back character and it is easy for him to come into the team. He looks like he has been here for a long time and is confident in his ability and is a great young keeper.

“We know what Ryan is capable of and he is in between the sticks for a reason. He is a good, young goalkeeper and what you need sometimes is some of your young players to pull you out of the muck.”

In the winter of his career, at his home-town club, Campbell struck his first goal in five matches on Saturday with all of his four goals this season being at home.

For a forward who has led the line unselfishly this season without always getting the rewards it was a welcome early Christmas gift.

He added: “Getting among the goals is what you want as a centre-forward, but for me, it is about being part of the team and as many games as I play in, I want to be on the winning side, regardless of the goals.

“I do not want just goals, but leading the team from the front and helping us win. If you look out there, I am the oldest man on the pitch.

“The young lads do look up to me and expect me to be the one organising things and kick-starting stuff and you have to lead by example as an older player and experienced one and I try and do my best to guide the younger ones.”

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