By Scott Taylor
Daniel Trickett-Smith has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Championship side Huddersfield Town, with the January window closing in just over 72 hours’ time. The attacking midfielder, 20, has been frustrated with injuries in recent seasons after progressing from the U18s to the U21s. After injury, he has scored twice in quick succession, with his last goal coming in the U21s 1-0 victory over Leeds in the U21 Premier Cup, and is now attracting interest from Huddersfield.
Liverpool fought off competition from their Capital One Cup finalists Manchester City to secure the youngsters signature back in the summer of 2012, joining the Reds from Crewe for a reported £300,000. Despite signing a five-year contract, Trickett-Smith has failed to break into the first team. He had an impressive first season with the Reds, scoring three goals during pre-season, including on his debut against Exeter in July 2012. He went on to make 25 appearances during that season, more than any other player, scoring nine goals, which led to him signing a professional contract with the club.
His breakthrough to the U21s came in the 2013/14 season, where he made three appearances having scored 12 goals in total for the U18s. He has since gone on to play only 18 games for the U21s so far in three seasons, scoring just four goals. Interestingly, he has played 90 minutes for Michael Beale’s side just once, that coming in the 1-1 draw against Blackburn in March 2014. However, his recent form may suggest he is over his recent injury problems, and that has been reflected with interest from Huddersfield. The Championship side is managed by David Wagner, who was a youth team coach at Borussia Dortmund under the management of Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool U21s next host Reading on Sunday 31 January, which may be a good opportunity for Huddersfield scouts to watch Trickett-Smith.