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Eddie Nketiah Supports Bielsa’s Training Techniques

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As happens with the end of any love affair, things can get a little messy in the aftermath. Especially when the new manager in this case starts criticising the old one.

Last week Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch was scathing about his predecessor’s training methods, saying that it was ‘clear’ the team had been over-trained and blamed this for the injury crisis at the club.

Although no longer at the club, striker Eddie Nketiah has come out in defence of his former manager. Currently at Arsenal, Nketiah spent the second half of the 2019-2020 season on loan in Yorkshire, scoring three goals during their promotion season from the Championship.

Speaking to The Beautiful Game podcast, Nketiah disagreed with the characterisation by Marsch.

“It’s difficult to say whether it’s wrong because I felt like he was getting the best out of the players that he had.”

“Everyone was improving a lot, even myself. I’m not going to lie, the training was hard. Sometimes I like to go out to eat [after training] but I can’t remember any time going out to eat, I was going back home to sleep! I was coming back from training knackered.”

“That was the first time I really felt like I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone. Almost every day I was coming in thinking I need to rest so that I could be ready for training again.”

Although admitting there are a lot of injuries because the training programme, Nketiah seemed to think the benefits outweighed the negatives.

“It was good, obviously it’s difficult because you see that they get a lot of injuries because over time it’s hard to sustain that intensity whilst playing like that every game. It’s difficult but, in terms of a development point of view, it helps a lot.”

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4 Huddersfield Town transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with very soon

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Huddersfield Town are set for a huge clash tomorrow night against Luton Town.

The second leg of the Championship play-off final is potentially season-defining for the Terriers, with the score level at 1-1 on aggregate following the first leg.

Only a win on the night, whether it be after 90 minutes, extra time, or on penalties, will be enough to see Huddersfield reach the final at Wembley.

Whilst the focus is no doubt fully on football at the moment, there are some key transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks.

Here, we’ve picked out four matters we think will be on Corberan’s agenda once the season comes to a close.

Naby Sarr’s contract

One matter for Corberan to deal with is Naby Sarr’s expiring contract at the club, which runs out at the end of June.

Sarr has struggled for regular game time at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign, making just 23 appearances in all competitions so far.

Interestingly, though, the 28-year-old started three of Huddersfield’s last four league matches, and also the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton.

These performances may or may not have been enough to get Sarr back onside with the club, but either way, Corberan must make a decision on his future soon, if he has not done so already.

Danel Sinani

Another transfer matter Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks is deciding the future of Danel Sinani.

Sinani joined on a season-long loan from Norwich City last summer, with Norwich confirming at the time that Huddersfield held an option to buy Sinani as part of the agreement.

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Sinani has certainly made a contribution this season – scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 45 appearances, but we are unaware of the sort of fee it will take to secure his signature permanently.

As such, Corberan must weigh up whether or not Sinani is worth that fee in the coming weeks.

Harry Toffolo’s extension

Harry Toffolo is another Huddersfield Town player with an expiring contract this summer.

Fortunately for the club, though, it has been reported that they hold an option to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal.

We have had no official confirmation of them triggering this option as of yet, though, leaving us to speculate over Toffolo’s future.

It must be said, however, that after a fine season for the club, it seems a formality that the club will trigger the clause.

In that eventuality, the club would then have to decide whether to cash in on the defender, or seek a fresh agreement that would see him stay beyond 2023.

Romoney Crichlow

Finally, a fourth transfer matter for Carlos Corberan to deal with this summer is the future of Romoney Crichlow.

The 22-year-old has spent the season out on loan, first at Swindon Town in League Two, and then at League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.

His Swindon spell was a success, making 24 appearances for the club, but his time at Plymouth has been quite the opposite, with the defender having made just three appearances since swapping the County Ground for Home Park.

With one year remaining on his Huddersfield deal, Corberan must decide whether or not Crichlow is worth keeping around, worth another loan out, or worth getting rid of.

Given how little he has featured at League One level, it is hard to see his immediate future with the Terriers.

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Ben Garner reveals the key to getting the best out of Swindon Town star this season

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Swindon Town head coach Ben Garner has revealed how the key to getting the best out of Harry McKirdy this campaign following another two goals for the attacker.

McKirdy scored a brace this afternoon as Swindon Town beat Port Vale 2-1 at the County Ground in the first leg of the League Two play-off semi final’s.

Asked by a Sky Sports reporter how he had gotten the best out of the 25-year-old this season, Garner offered a simple explanation.

“I think one big thing when he come in – I just had an individual chat with him, just as a person, forget about football or anything else.” Garner told Sky Sports.

“We’ve just allowed him to be himself this season – built his confidence, let him play, get him in his best position, get him in positions where he can do what he does best and he’s done that this season.”

“Hopefully he will continue to do it on Thursday, and hopefully beyond.”

The two goals this afternoon took McKirdy’s tally for the campaign to an impressive 23 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions.

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Harry McKirdy has been absolutely brilliant at Swindon Town this campaign and a key factor in their bid for the play-offs and promotion.

His goal tally speaks for itself and adding two today only goes to demonstrate that he can also score goals when the pressure is really on.

Those goals today will have been even sweeter, too, considering they were against Port Vale.

McKirdy spent last season with the Valiants but found himself unable to get much game time with the club, making just 8 League Two appearances in 2020/21.

After the season he has had this campaign, you’d have to think Port Vale are regretting not giving him more of an opportunity.

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