Huddersfield wrote one of the greatest success stories of last season. The Terriers who had been battling relegation since arriving into the championship in 2012. Last summer Huddersfield brought in a number of players who would write their names in the history books. But how will the Town cope in the Premier League?
Since being promoted Huddersfield have lost two of the side who achieved the so called unachievable. Danny Ward has returned to his parent club Liverpool and Izzy Brown returned to Chelsea before being loaned out to Brighton for this season. And after breaking their transfer record four times this window there squad will be ready to fight until the last minute. After the additions of Issac Losll, Danny Williams, Steve Mounie and Tom Ince, David Wagner is ready to make his mark in the Premier League.
But what can the Terriers bring to the Premier League? Well their fast paced, counter attacking style of play will shock the top sides. They have also made their stadium a fortress in recent years and with this being their first time in the top flight in 42 years, the spirit and passion of the fans and everyone associated with the club will make the John Smith’s a very hard place to go. Last season many doubted Huddersfield would struggle to stay in the championship and keep hold of David Wagner so everyone doubting them is something they are used to.
Huddersfield are predicted by most to be relegated. But is this just because Premier League clubs didn’t know they existed 18 months ago. They will know they need to hit the ground running as there was only one team in their first six fixtures who finished in the top half last season. And considering their last four games are Everton, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal there will be no messing about when trying to reach that forty points mark.
But it’s not just about the club. The fans and people around the town are ecstatic that they will have top flight football back in Huddersfield for the first time in 42 years.
The blue and white army have also had one of the biggest success stories in recent times. In 2003 the club was put into administration and given six weeks to find a buyer before being liquidated. And considering the club were bottom of the fourth division it looked likely that they would be waving goodbye to football in the town. That was until Ken Davy’s saved the club. And in 2005 would watch them win promotion to League One through the play offs on penalties this became a reoccurring theme. 6 years later, however, Huddersfield made it to the league one play off final at Old Trafford where they would go on to concede 4 goals in the space of 10 second half minutes to hand Peterborough the trophy. But in 2012 it would be a whole different story with Huddersfield winning the final after the longest penalty shootout in Wembley history in front of their home fans at the south end of the ground, which would go on to showcase one of the clubs greatest moments. After winning the shootout 8-7 against Sheffield United the Terriers were looking forward to championship football and it would turn out bitter sweet for Mark Robins side as they would relegate Peterborough in their first season in the second tier. There they would go through numerous relegation battles with 2015/16 being the time they were rescued by David Wagner. The former Mainz player was Town’s third manager of that campaign succeeding Chris Powell. And no one predicted the feat he would achieve in his first full season in charge.
To conclude Huddersfield will always have their doubters but they bring passionate fans along with a strong side. So it will be no easy job to relegate these lot.
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