Arriving from Tottenham Hotspur, to the dismay and disappointment of some of their supporters, highly-rated left-back Jaden Brown looks to be a significant coup for Huddersfield Town.
At 19, Brown‘s ever-presence in Tottenham’s Under-23 side in both the Premier League 2 competition and the UEFA Youth League has seen him develop quite the reputation.
Jaden Brown finds himself in a similar position to where Kyle Walker-Peters was two seasons ago before he broke through into Spur’s first team.
In active search of an opportunity, Brown made the bold decision to leave the club that he has spent just short of a decade at, rather than waiting on the off chance that he would be presented with one.
It is a decision which is becoming increasingly common as a crop of young ambitious English players have begun to push back against their parent clubs.
Whilst we remain in an era where elite clubs are stacking youth talent in their academy and monopolising entire pools of talent, the tide has begun to shift the opposing way.
The high-profile departure of Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s likely departure to Bayern Munich signal a mood change amongst ambitious, young English footballers.
On a lesser scale but in a quietly impressively manner, Town have taken advantage of this and done the same.
In the past six months, the change in tact with regards to youth transfer policy is quite clear to see.
Rather than focusing on local talent, the closure of Town’s academy has seen town turn into more of a finishing school for young players that just fall short at elite clubs.
This change in focus has seen Town sign two full England youth internationals. Demeaco Dehaney joined in August from Manchester City and now Jaden Brown has made the switch to West Yorkshire.
Whilst Brown will begin in Mark Hudson’s Elite Development squad, the talented 19-year-old will know that if he impresses at Town, there’s a significant chance that he will find a pathway into Town’s first team in the near future.
One of the reasons why Jaden Brown may have chosen Huddersfield town is the fact that Chris Löwe’s contract is set to run out at the end of next summer, with the ambitious England U-19 international perhaps seeing himself as the natural successor to the German.
Whilst there is certainly one eye on the future with the arrival of Jaden Brown, the broader strategy being undertaken is promising.
What I hope to see next is a clear pathway from the development squad to the first-team set-up be created for some of Town’s extremely promising prospects, the latest of which could prove to be Jaden Brown.