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Huddersfield Town is a club with glorious history, but their heyday was in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
In 1926, the Terriers became the first team to win three consecutive league titles, and only three other teams can brag with the same achievement – Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal, but the last time they’ve played in English top league was in 1971/72 season.
So, after 45 years the club from West Yorkshire is going to play with best English teams, and for the first time in the Premier League history, Huddersfield Town is going to be the part of it.
But the Terriers want to play here more than one season, and after a great last year’s success, everyone in the club is convinced it is possible.
Good tactician on the bench could succeed again
Huddersfield’s manager David Wagner is certainly one of the most interesting tacticians in England.
A former Borussia Dortmund II manager from 2011 to 2015 (in the same period Jurgen Klopp was the manager of Dortmund’s first team) brought some Klopp’s and German philosophy to his team, as he was the first foreign manager in the club’s history.
He led Huddersfield Town to a promotion with a penalty shootout victory over Reading in 2017 playoff’s final, but the Terriers played brilliantly throughout the whole season. After a fantastic display against Manchester City in FA Cup fifth round, his players proved they are ready for the biggest stage (despite the 5-1 defeat in a rematch).
From average players, David Wagner made a well-organized and hardworking team. Every man knows his job and duties, and they played with the same passion against every opponent.
Aggressive high pressure and possession football but with more direct passes distinguished Wagner’s team from other rivals in Championship and with the same attitude, they really stand a chance to finish the first Premier League season above 18th place.
Hardworking team without stars is sometimes an advantage
If you look at a Huddersfield’s team, there are no stars and famous players who can decide the match with one move.
But some players in their squad are skillful and talented, while all of them are hard working footballers who know their role in the team. The team’s bond could be The Terriers’ major force next season.
Elias Kachunga, 25-year old forward from DR Congo, was the club’s top goal scorer last year with 12 goals in 44 matches. The other player who led the attack in last season is Bermudian Nahki Wells, who scored ten goals in 46 games. But these two guys had massive support from the back.
Aaron Mooy, Rajiv van La Parra, Tommy Smith, Kasey Palmer, Jonathan Hogg, Chris Lowe – they all did a great job to enable the Terriers the biggest success for a long, long time.
And with Michael Hefele and Christopher Schindler, a German duo at centre-backs, Huddersfield Town was a tough opponent to beat, and it should be the same story in the Premier League.
New players will bring some fresh blood
The Terriers have already signed some good players this summer to freshen the squad.
Winger Tom Ince joined the team from a Derby County, and he should be one of the leaders, while forward Steve Mounie (arrived from Montpellier) should improve team’s finishing, as it was the biggest problem in last season.
Laurent Depoitre, Belgian striker who joined from Porto, is brought for the same reason. Danish centre-back Zanka, who arrived from Copenhagen, will bring depth to the defensive line, as well as Scott Malone, a left-back who played for Fulham last year.
If all these players adapt well to Wagner’s style of play, Huddersfield Town could be a pleasant surprise in Premier League’s next season. They certainly need to strengthen the midfield, and maybe they’ll sign one or two players more till the end of transfer window, we’ll see.
But everyone in the club is aware of the challenge, and they will do anything to succeed.
Written by Oliver Zivic
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