Huddersfield youngster Jon Russell eager to show Chelsea what they lost

Huddersfield youngster Jon Russell hopes to face former club Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Terriers kick off their play-off campaign at Luton and are potentially just three matches away from rubbing shoulders with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

And Russell, 20, said: “I’ve been brought up in a Premier League environment since I was six so the target is to get back there.

“It was hard to say goodbye to everyone at Chelsea because I had made so many friends there and had good relationships with the coaches.

“But that is football — it’s all part of the journey and although I was disappointed to leave it was important not to lose any sleep over it.

“It was very much a case of taking one step back to take two steps forward by coming to Huddersfield. I’ve always had the view that if you don’t make it at one place, you can make it at another. I always had confidence in myself and wasn’t going to panic.”

During his time at Chelsea, he came through with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour.

And he credits his time at Stamford Bridge for shaping him into the player he is today.

He said: “At Chelsea, you have to keep your standards high. If you don’t train well, you’re not going to play. I learned I needed to train well every day and have that consistency to come in every day and train.

“I learned all my technical stuff there and thatis how I developed it. I did a lot of stuff on my own and developed myself. I learned how to get the ball and do whatever I do.

“The whole time I was there I was looking up to Ruben Loftus Cheek. We’re of a similar stature. I had similar injuries to him through growth spurts. He was also tall and someone I could relate to.

“I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot to help me become the player I am now”

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