Huddersfield youngster could play important role in bouncing back next season

Kian Harratt can’t stop scoring for Huddersfield Town’s youth teams.

The 16-year-old moved to the club permanently in the summer after a successful trial last season and it is fair to say that he knows where the net is.

The striker netted his 31st goal earlier this week, per Examiner Live, as Huddersfield drew 2-2 with Lincoln City.

Indeed, the Under-17 star began the season in blistering form, scoring a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic in the Clarets Cup, and also netting a brace versus Burnley. He was also on the scoresheet against Preston North End and Fleetwood Town in the competition.

But he is perhaps already too good for an Under-17 side that is, quite simply, woeful.

He has scored in league football – against the likes of Notts County, Chesterfield Town and Port Vale – but he has been unable to stop some genuine thrashings.

Huddersfield have lost 7-0 to Preston North End and 5-1 to Oldham; they struggle to string results together.

It is perhaps understandable.

Huddersfield changed their youth recruitment strategy in the summer and began to focus more heavily on the Under-18 and Under-23 teams as they looked to create a clear path into the first-team.

Such was the scale of the restructuring, Huddersfield’s Under-17 team did not meet each other until the first day of pre-season.

Harratt, though, is already the stand-out of the group. His goals have seen him play for the Under-19s and he scored against a Real Betis side while the higher age group toured Spain.

Town have made it clear that they intend to promote youth over the coming seasons; their first-team, after all, are doomed to relegation from the Premier League and keeping one eye on the future is a smart strategy.

Such have been his exploits for the academy this season, don’t be too surprised if Harratt is included in a couple of first-team squads next term. He certainly deserves that chance.

If he replicates this season’s form, he could be vital to Town’s hopes of bouncing back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.