HEARSAY

Why bearded won­der Adam Clay­ton will steer clear of the ra­zor for now

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - JAMIE HOLT

HIS BEARD seems to hold some Sam­son-like pow­ers for Adam Clay­ton and it’s here to stay un­til the end of the sea­son at least.

The 25-year-old Clay­ton has been in the form of his life for Hud­der­s­field since start­ing his fol­li­cle ad­ven­ture in Novem­ber.

In De­cem­ber he was voted the club’s player of the month, and his per­for­mances in a deep-ly­ing mid­field role have drawn com­par­isons with Italy and Ju­ven­tus schemer An­drea Pirlo.

And Clay­ton’s abil­ity to find the net from range – as he proved in last weekend’s vic­tory over Birm­ing­ham – has led more than 1,000 Ter­ri­ers fans to in­dulge in a beard ap­pre­ci­a­tion so­ci­ety on Face­book.

Lazy

The for­mer Leeds mid­fielder loves the at­ten­tion, and he’s vowed not to reach for the ra­zor un­til a play-off place is be­yond Hud­der­s­field.

“It’s be­come a bit of a project,” ad­mit­ted Manch­ester­born Clay­ton. “To be hon­est it all started be­cause I was quite lazy, I usu­ally get it shaved when I get my hair cut.

“But I didn’t go to the bar­ber for a while and when I went in Novem­ber he asked if I wanted to keep the beard and I thought why not?

“The mis­sus isn’t too sure. There are days when she likes it, oth­ers she doesn’t – it’s grow­ing on her you could say!

“It’s cer­tainly stay­ing un­til the end of the sea­son. I hope by that point we’ll have pushed for the play-offs, it’s cer­tainly achiev­able. We’re con­tenders, we’re just hop­ing we can sneak in there.”

If Clay­ton continues im­press­ing he can ex­pect more trans­fer in­ter­est in the sum­mer, fol­low­ing two re­jected bids from Brighton in Jan­uary.

The Seag­ulls val­ued the for­mer Eng­land U20 in­ter­na­tional at around £1mil­lion, but he had no in­ten­tion of leav­ing.

“I love it at Hud­der­s­field,” he added.“It’s a great club and the chair­man is one of the best you could wish to have.

“It’s nice for people to put bids in for you, but I like the way we play here, it uses my strengths, the 3-5-2 for­ma­tion al­lows me to sit and play.

“I get a lot of the ball, most of the time I’m the one who has had the most touches on our team so that shows how much faith the boss has in me.

“I’ve got (Anthony) Ger­rard shout­ing at me, though, to keep in my po­si­tion, so I don’t ven­ture for­ward too of­ten!”

When he does he can be lethal as his his strike against Birm­ing­ham – Clay­ton’s fifth goal of the sea­son – sug­gests.

“I al­ways stay be­hind in train­ing for ex­tra fin­ish­ing,” he added. “I’m play­ing in a slightly more de­fen­sive po­si­tion at present, but I still like to get into a po­si­tion to shoot.

“I’m the spare man for most games, a bit like Pirlo but I wouldn’t com­pare my­self to him. If I can be half as good as him I’ll have done okay, al­though he’s got some catch­ing up to do in the beard depart­ment!”

HAIR-RAIS­ING: Adam Clay­ton cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the sec­ond goal against Birm­ing­ham

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