City scouts at Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough - Who impressed?

John Smiths Stadium

Manchester City were one of nine Premier League teams to send scouts to the Huddersfield vs Middlesbrough game on Saturday, but who was worth watching.

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner is reporting the story, claiming that a total of 17 scouts were at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday as Boro scored an injury-time penalty to claim a 2-1 victory.

Along with Manchester City, Burnley, Hull, Leicester, QPR, Stoke, West Brom and West Ham scouts were reportedly at the game looking at players, while Liverpool had people in the crowd - although they face Boro in the third round of the League Cup next week.

Brentford, Brighton, Cardiff, Millwall, Wigan and Wolves were the Championship teams who sent people to the John Smith’s Stadium, while the Football Association also had two of their in-house scouts watching the game.

It has yet to be revealed who was being focused upon by so many watching eyes, but the game did have a number of impressive performers.

28-year-old Boro midfielder Grant Leadbitter was the pick of the bunch, netting both goals for the Teesiders - including the injury-time penalty. His impressive start to the season - with five goals in six games - may have peaked the interest of a number of lower end Premier League clubs, but it seems unlikely that City would have an interest in the midfielder.

Boro youth product Adam Reach also performed admirably on the left wing for the duration of the game, with the 21-year-old England youth international starting to slowly incorporate himself in the first-team this season. The youngster has featured in all six games this season, of which he has started five, and, although he has failed to score and has registered just one assist, his performances have been assured and, in reality, should have a higher return if it were not for the profligacy of his teammates.

The Terriers failed to show much in the manner of standout performances, although former Liverpool youngster Jack Robinson was promising in his second start since joining on-loan from QPR.

The 21-year-old, who has made nine appearances for the England Under-21s, put in an assured display at left-back, completing the highest amount of defensive actions across both teams, winning three tackles, four interceptions, blocking one shot and completing five clearances.

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