Lewis O’Brien will be closed by three players during Huddersfield’s 3-2 home loss to Wycombe on Saturday
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Championship rivals Norwich City and Brentford are desperate to beat Burnley to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien

That is according to The Sun on Sunday, which reports that the Canary Islands have the reigning Player of the Year award winner of the Terrier on their “wanted list” before the summer transfer window

Of course, both City and the bees don’t yet know which division they will play in Hence, options for both the Premier League and the championship need to be monitored, with Burnley on track to ensure a sixth straight season in the league top-notch

A die-hard left-footed midfielder, O’Brien, 22, was originally from Essex but emerged from the Huddersfield youth system and was named Academy Player of the Year in 2018

The central midfielder signed a three-year contract and was loaned to Bradford City He scored four goals and assisted three in 40 games in the first division when the Bantams fell back to the fourth division

His progress was enough to earn another three-year contract when he returned to Huddersfield, with an option for an additional 12 months that saw his contract run through to the end of the 2022-23 season

O’Brien appeared as a regular player in a difficult first season for the Terriers after relegation in the Premier League Danny Cowley replaced Jan Siewert as coach at the beginning of the season and led the Yorkshire club to avoid relegation

The youngster scored two goals and assisted four times in 38 championship games to be voted Player of the Year by the fans He also won the Championship Goal of the Month award in January 2020 for a strike against Barnsley, which also won the city goal of the Season Award

He played mostly as an attacking midfielder last season and was armbanded by Cowley on the last day of the campaign However, he was put in a slightly deeper role as the central midfielder when Carlos Corberan tried to instill a more attractive style of play during this season

He missed the first four games of the season – and the 1-0 home defeat to Norwich on the opening day – due to a hamstring injury, but has become a regular starter with two assists and a goal from 25 games

O’Brien’s future hit the headlines during the January transfer window after a report in The Sun claimed Town had used an outside agency to benefit from a player they claimed had Burnley’s interest and Newcastle awakened

However, the local Huddersfield Examiner newspaper later reported that those claims were false and that the Terriers were interested in keeping one of their best players.Sheffield United and Crystal Palace were also linked by Football Insider in January

At the end of last month, Huddersfield boss Corberan spoke to the examiner about O’Brien’s search for consistent form last season: “I know O’Brien was a very important player last year and I think he was one Also this year a very important player for us

“Maybe the number of minutes he played last year wasn’t the same number of minutes he is currently playing

“We have to keep thinking that he is a young player but it won’t be an excuse for him because he demands more of himself than anyone and that is something very important in his character”

“There will be some better moments and some worse moments in any player’s career To be an important soccer player, you need to meet these types of moments and keep your level as high as possible”

“At the same time, when you start to gamble with any kind of reputation or any kind of responsibility, it comes with expectation

“As a player progresses their career, they need to know how to control the different types of moments they will live in and continue to grow and improve as a player”

VERDICT: There seems to be a lot of transfer noise around a player who has made good progress in his career and with Huddersfield back in the championship relegation battle he may be looking for a fresh start this summer

Note the strong ties to Huddersfield in Norwich, where sporting director Stuart Webber and soccer store manager Steve Weaver came from the Terriers in 2017

Specifically, Weaver will know that O’Brien was Town’s academy manager, while Danny Hoyle, son of former Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle, is City’s scouting coordinator

After winning his Player of the Year award, Huddersfield Examiner writer Steven Chicken O’Brien’s style described as “good-natured endeavor, limitless energy, inch-perfect recovery tackles and skill on the ball”

With the Canaries in the market for bargains with further development potential, the midfielder appears to meet many of the required criteria, especially if promotion to the Premier League is not assured

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