At the moment, the pupil is out-performing the master.
After Leeds United flopped to a 3-0 home defeat against a dominant Liverpool side – the energy, aggression and relentless intensity so often associated with a Marcelo Bielsa team missing in action – Carlos Corberan’s Huddersfield Town continued their recent run of coupon-busting with a thumping away win at Blackpool on Tuesday night.
Winning four out of their last five Championship games since a 5-1 shellacking at the hands of second-tier Galacticos Fulham at the end of August, Huddersfield, for the first time since the early days of David Wagner, look like a side on the up.
They are fourth in the table, the league’s second highest goal-scorers and, in Sorba Thomas and Josh Koroma, have two of the division’s most exciting young attackers in sparkling form.
On last night’s evidence, Huddersfield made the right decision when they rejected a £13 million bid from Leeds United for academy graduate-turned midfield general Lewis O’Brien during the summer transfer window.
It would have been easy to take the money and run. But Huddersfield are a side with ambition these days, aiming high and willing to sacrifice cash in favour of a promotion push.
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“We received and rejected four offers from Leeds United. The offers, as I say, were not where they needed to be for us to let go one of our best players and, more importantly, to replace him,” chairman Phil Hodgskinson said last week.
“Lewis was aware of the interest from Leeds, as were we, and Lewis was fantastic.
“Lewis said: ‘Of course I want to play in the Premier League and playing for someone like Bielsa with his reputation can only make me better, but I understand the offer’s got to be right for the football club’.”
If O’Brien was disappointed about missing out on a big-money move to Elland Road, he is certainly channeling that frustration in the right way.
Arguably his finest performance of the season at Bloomfield Road – one full of energy, aggression and relentless intensity – was a vindication of Huddersfield’s decision, and a reminder as to why Leeds were willing to part with £13 million for a man who has never set foot in the Premier League before.