July 15, 2024

Neil Warnock: I still get the best out of players

Neil Warnock explains Tyreece Simpson’s Huddersfield Town loan exit as new striker hunt goes on

The Terriers have made no secret that they want to add a new striker, but the 21-year-old centre-forward option has been sent out to get experience in League One

Terriers boss Neil Warnock has explained the decision to send Tyreece Simpson out on loan to newly-promoted League One side Northampton Town for the rest of the season.

Huddersfield Town are keen to sign a new centre-forward for the season ahead but have nonetheless taken the decision to send striker Simpson out to gain more experience.

Tyreece Simpson in pre-season action

Warnock had been impressed enough by Simpson after arriving back at the club in February that he brought him off the bench in his first game in charge, a 2-1 win over Birmingham City.

That was one of ten appearances the summer signing from Ipswich Town made last season, and he was subsequently included in the squad that travelled to the West Country for a trio of pre-season friendlies against non-league opposition earlier this month

Simpson’s performances were not especially eye-catching, however, and he was not involved in Saturday’s 0-4 friendly away to Stockport County on Saturday afternoon.

Warnock said in a club statement: “We’ve had a really good look at Tyreece since we arrived at the club, both last season and in Cornwall, and we just feel that he needs to be playing regular first-team football, which isn’t something he’s likely to get here.

Tyreece Simpson in pre-season action

He’s still only 21, so there’s plenty for him still to learn in the game. Playing a full season with a good club like Northampton in League One will serve him well and give him a grounding he’ll benefit from going forward.”7

Town’s striking options are now Danny Ward, Kian Harratt, Jordan Rhodes, Kyle Hudlin and the injured Kieran Phillips, while Josh Koroma and Pat Jones are also capable of moving in from the wings

Neil Warnock: I still get the best out of players

Rhodes has also been the subject of transfer speculation this summer after playing a minimal role for Warnock towards the end of last season. Town have acknowledged that signing a new striker is their top priority in the summer transfer window.

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