Premier League star admits to using FIFA to find out where his side were from

Philip Billing admits he had never heard of Huddersfield when he joined them as a teenager from Denmark.

Billing did not recognise any of their players when he looked them up on his beloved FIFA after his step-dad told him of their interest.

But he still jumped at the chance to move from Esbjerg in his native Denmark five years ago because they were in England, just a step away from his goal of the Premier League.

“My step-dad was just like there’s this team, Huddersfield Town, that are interested in you,” he said.

“Obviously at the time, I was thinking I’d never heard of the club before, so I went on FIFA to see what players they had and if they was anyone I knew.

“I don’t think there was, but I saw Huddersfield was just below the Premier League, so I thought it can’t be a bad place.

“It was always my dream to play in England. I knew there was a Scottish scout who wanted me to come for a week’s trial.

“For me, I just knew it was England, so it was straight forward for me. I wanted to go to be honest.”

Billing, 22, made the right choice and the Danish Under-21 midfielder has emerged as one of the best talents in David Wagner’s side since his Terriers debut aged 17 in 2014.

He was the club’s Player of the Month for September when he scored a fine goal at Everton and his long throws are one of the Terriers’ principal weapons.

“It’s about getting the minutes in for me and playing well,” said Billing ahead of today’s (Sat) clash with West Ham at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“It’s a long season and we still have to grind hard and work hard, but for sure I’m happy with my start to the season.

“Personally, I wish we had a few more points on the board, but I’m sure they will come.”

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