Even if Laurent Depoitre isn’t at Huddersfield Town anymore, the striker can’t help himself from talking about his time there.
Heavily criticising the club for not being ready enough to be in the Premier League, the Belgian is now back at his former club KAA Gent, where things are going well for him, as he’s already scored five goals in seven games for the Jupiler Pro League.
Depoitre sat down with RTBF on Thursday evening, where he once again touched on his time at the John Smith’s Stadium, and how, while being disappointing results wise in the second season, he still appreciated the experience.
He said: “It’s not up to me to say if I’m better than three years ago, but I’ve definitely matured. I’ve played against great defenders, stronger ones and broadened my skillset. It’s small things in duels and ball control that make the difference. I learned a few things about use my body as a shield.
“I wanted to find pleasure on the pitch again and a trusting environment, but I’m not bitter [about how things at Huddersfield]: it was my childhood dream to play in England, and I did it. I also scored the winning goal against Manchester United, and the one allowing us to stay up against Chelsea”.
The striker was also full of praise with some of his national teammates, such as Vincent Company, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, explaining he still had the goal of returning to Roberto Martinez’s squad at some point in the future.
With the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi all struggling for goals in their respective clubs these days, he might actually have a chance to be Romelu Lukaku’s backup in the near future.
After all, he is scoring freely these days, and a player with confidence is better than one struggling for minutes, regardless of the level he plays at.