Why Huddersfield Town's Brahima Diarra warrants more first-team opportunities next season
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Despite enduring a frustrating campaign in the Championship last season, there are still many reasons for Huddersfield Town and their supporters to remain optimistic for the future.

While a return to the Premier League doesn't look likely in the near future, the Terriers can take encouragement from their lively start to the summer transfer window and their particularly strong academy and B teams, which have a handful of players threatening to make a breakthrough in the first-team.

Under Carlos Corberan, a coach no stranger to developing young players given his previous role at Leeds United, Huddersfield Town have given more chances to their young players, with the likes of Ryan Schofield and Rarmarni Edmonds-Green establishing themselves as first-team regulars recently.

So if you're to expect one thing from the West Yorkshire team next season, it will be that they will once again provide well-deserved opportunities to their exciting young players and perhaps the man at the front of the queue is 17-year-old French midfielder, Brahima Diarra.

A young talent highly-regarded by Huddersfield, Diarra joined the Terriers' academy set up in the Summer of 2019 from his native France and has already revealed his qualities with some dazzling displays for both the youth teams and the B team, which was formed last year as the Championship team look to become “one of the best clubs at transitioning young players to the first team."

The emergence of Diarra, alongside a handful of other young players, reflects well on the investment and hard work the club is putting in to fulfil their goal of transitioning young players to the first team. 

What sort of player is he?

A creative and skilful midfielder, Diarra provides a really good example of just how beneficial the B team is at Huddersfield, with the 17-year-old shining on a regular basis throughout last season.

These performances caught the attention of Carlos Corberan over the course of last season, who gave Diarra his debut last December off the bench in an away defeat at AFC Bournemouth, an experience that will surely have benefitted the Parisian.

Perhaps at his best going forward as an attacking-minded midfielder, the door could well be ajar for Diarra next season, with rumours linking the likes of Juninho Bacuna and Lewis O'Brien with moves away from West Yorkshire.

What is next for him?

Ultimately, a big pre-season lies ahead for the Frenchman, who is likely to be involved with the first team over the course of the summer.

At just 17 years old, Huddersfield will have to remain patient with Diarra, as it's crucial that they continue to nurture him gradually for the near future.

While the West Yorkshire side may consider sending Diarra out on loan, it's clear that like a handful of other young players, he is developing at an astonishing rate and the likelihood is that Diarra will spend next season as a prominent figure in the B team, with plenty of first-team opportunities over the course of the season.