Huddersfield Town in dreamland?
Although it’s very early days, if you’re a Huddersfield fan you can’t help but feel slightly optimistic about the season. After being written off before the season started, initial results have now made Huddersfield Town hot favourites to stay up. Wagner’s team have so far recorded 3 clean sheets with 2 victories and a solid draw, albeit not against any of the big teams.
Wins against Newcastle and Crystal Palace and a solid draw against Southampton has proved to be an excellent start to the campaign and with the upcoming fixture with a struggling West Ham could see Huddersfield gain 10 points from a possible 12. So why have Huddersfield started well?One reason could be the new signings made over the last couple of transfer windows.
A key addition to the Terriers’ team is Aaron Mooy. The Australian midfielder completed the move from Manchester City for £10 million, a club record signing, who proved invaluable for their first home game of the season against Newcastle by scoring the winner. Mooy was on loan last season and proved vital to their promotion to the Premier League. Huddersfield, along with other teams, have taken advantage of the practise of loaning young players from top Premier League sides; young players that otherwise would not get game time at their original team and Huddersfield acquiring talent that they wouldn’t usually be capable of signing.
Another example of this is goalkeeper Danny Ward, on loan from Liverpool, who was first choice keeper last season and played a critical role in securing promotion for the Terriers by saving 2 penalties in the play off semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday and became the hero again in the play off final when he saved the deciding penalty against Reading. Kasey Palmer, a 20 year old on loan from Chelsea, is an exciting prospect for Huddersfield, scoring for England’s under 21s last week and has a promising future ahead of him, especially with a manager having confidence in up and coming young English players.
David Wagner’s first stint as a manager in England and first real test as a coach has brought a positive and high tempo style of play. Players tend to move in packs when they don’t have the ball, similar to Klopp’s ‘Gegenpressing’, putting pressure on the opponents and forcing errors. Huddersfield have stuck with what they know and this method of football proved effective last season and is working well in the Premier League for now. This approach from German managers is injecting the league with a new style of play that other teams will need to adapt to.
Against all the odds, it has been a successful start to the season; however with the upcoming fixtures of Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool all within a month will be the real test for the recently promoted side.
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