Grant praised for Town progress
Former Charlton boss Chris Powell has heaped praised on new Huddersfield signing Karlan Grant for coming back after setbacks.
Grant's performances for the Addicks this season led to a January move to the Premier League and a switch to Huddersfield but he has had to show some grit to get to his current position.
Powell, who managed both Charlton and Town, remembers Grant from his days in south London when he was the club's manager and the player was a 15-year-old schoolboy.
Powell told London News: “I felt for Karlan. He was a schoolboy when I was there. He played a year or two above his age group because he was quite clearly a real talent.
“We had him in training with us a few times at the age of 15.
“There was a lot of hype initially, people saying he was going to do this and that.
"Sometimes you do your development in the public eye – the majority of boys go under the radar and play for the U18s and U23s and eventually go into the first-team.
“But after I had moved on, Karlan went from the youth team and straight into the first team.
"He missed a lot of development and growing up, in football terms – how to handle different things. It was almost back to front really, because he got into the first team and made a bit of noise.
“It didn’t really work out. It went quiet for quite a while and he had to rebuild himself under the tutelage of Jason Euell and Steve Avory.
“He’s someone I always kept an eye on. You knew he had the talent – he just had to come back."
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