After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle, survival is looking like an uphill task for Yorkshires only Premier League club. And with the run in commencing with just six games left in the season here’s how the season could finish for The Blue and White Army.
Huddersfield have hit a brick wall in recent weeks having not won or scored in the last four matches. And with David Wagner only sending four first-team players out on Internation duty, what has been going on to lead to this drop in form? The squad has become injury prone at the worst time with players like Danny Williams and Elias Kachunga picking up knocks in recent weeks. This leads to a reshuffle in the squad, something which Town fans believe has been happening far too much this season. A lot of Town fans cast their minds back to last season as there were only 12-15 crucial players used throughout the whole 49 game league season. And having four or five changes made per game leads to a lack of understanding between players and an unknown system.
The fans are also becoming unsettled due to two summer signings not living up to all the hype. Scott Malone was brought in from Fulham for three million pounds last July and let’s just say it’s 3 million pounds that Town fans would probably want back. His lack of passion and concentration and poor decision making are making him a villain in West Yorkshire. His misjudged tackles have lead to multiple penalties just after halftime which turns the game on its head in a situation where most players are half asleep. His consistent errors of running it out from the back and poorly placed passes lead to game-changing moments and landing Town in the desperate position they have found themselves in. Another one of these signings is Tom Ince. Son of former Manchester United and England international Paul and sometimes you think that could be the only reason why he has a professional contract.
Ince was brought in from Derby County last Summer for a then club record of £12 million. After 28 goals over two season from an attacking midfield position Town fans believed that he would be an incredible signing. However, he has been anything but. A sigh of frustration rings around the stadium when he gets the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box as he has an obsession with going for goal but instead he clears the top of the stand. And considering he got 14 goals last season in the Championship it was surprising that it took him five months to get his first Huddersfield goal which was a scrappy tap-in against Stoke in a game where Town dropped points. Even his Premier League winning father struggled to defend him live on air after Jon Hartson mocked him for taking this long to score a goal form an attacking position. As Paul Ince struggled to find the words to defend his son’s poor form and could only give a meer ‘just let him enjoy it’. Ince’s greediness on the ball and lack of precision has cost Town dearly especially late on in matches when there are striker’s able to hit the target yet he sends one flying over the bar.
The Yorkshire club’s run in is one of the hardest with trips to Brighton, Manchester City, and Chelsea. Huddersfield fans are predicting six points which will take them to three points off 40. However with the dominance of the top six it could be enough to keep the yorkshire club in the Premier Legaue and win them an extra £175 million pound bonus from their play off prize money.
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