Huddersfield’s former head of football predicts bright future at Arsenal for Emile Smith Rowe

David Webb, the former head of football at Huddersfield, has tipped Emile Smith Rowe, who is currently on loan at the club, to become an Arsenal regular in a recent interview with talkSPORT.

Smith Rowe joined the Terriers on loan in January and has had an extremely successful spell at Huddersfield. He has scored one goal and provided three assists in 11 appearances for the Championship club. He has had a big impact on some of the team’s performances and been singled out for praise by his manager Danny Cowley on multiple occasions.

Webb played a crucial role in bringing the Arsenal academy graduate to the club on loan. The former Huddersfield head of football worked for Tottenham Hotspur from 2015 to 2017 and saw the quality that Smith Rowe possessed when Tottenham faced Arsenal at Under-18 and Under-23 levels. He says he has kept a close eye on the player ever since. 

Speaking about how highly he has rated Smith Rowe since his time at Tottenham, he said:

“He’s been excellent. I knew Emile from a very young age from my time at Tottenham. He was a player that we always had a keen eye on and we knew really well at Tottenham because, having played against our Under-18s and Under-23s, we knew he was a fantastic talent.”

On Huddersfield’s mission to bring Emile Smith Rowe to the John Smith’s Stadium:

“When we [Huddersfield] approached Arsenal to talk about the possibility, we weren’t the only club on the table. There were quite a few other clubs, not just in the UK, but from abroad as well – and a couple of Premier League teams were interested.”

“I think the deciding factor for Emile was the fact we had that good relationship with Arsenal, and I could talk about that I knew the player previously and by bringing him into Huddersfield we were going to look after him – not only as a player, but develop him as a person as well and give him that exposure of playing regular and consistent Championship football.”

On the impact the player has had since signing for Huddersfield Town:

“Right from the first training session, you could see his quality was immense straight away. I think he’s given the team a different dynamic to how they want to play, because he can play as a number ten or break-in number eight.”

On what he thinks the future holds for the Arsenal academy graduate:

“Over the next two to three years, you’re probably going to see someone who is going to have a really good career in the Premier League.”

“I definitely think he has the potential to play a number of games. I know Mikel had worked with him previously before he joined Manchester City at the academy, so he’s well acquainted with Emile’s talent and he’s a big fan of Emile as a player and person.”

Arsenal fans will certainly be looking forward to seeing Smith Rowe back at the club again to add some much needed creativity to our team. 

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