It hasn`t been the best week (though I could also say it`s the worst but I wouldn`t want to be too harsh as well) for Huddersfield Town since we gain our promotion to the Premier League. Three consecutive losses starting from the narrow defeat against Manchester City at home, followed by the demolition at the hands of Arsenal till last weekend loss to Everton.
In a space of a week, we have conceded 9 goals and only managing to score once. As a result, our position in the league took a plunge to 16th place, just two places above the relegation zone (only 5 points separates us and Crystal Palace).
As such, I would like to declare that our fight for Premier League survival starts now!
Let`s be honest, this is exactly where we`re supposed to be since the start of the season. After all, it`s only logical with a squad like ours, we were expected to struggle in the long run. Even in the Championship, we were still considered a small fish in a big pond in terms our financial strength, now try imaging what is it like for us in the Premier League.
While I don`t doubt the depth of our squad as I do know the talent is there (and the player have given their utmost best) but competing in the Premier League is a different proposition altogether for some of them. There are some standout performers such as Laurent Depoitre, Stevie Mounie, Aaron Mooy, Matias Jorgensen and Christopher Schindler but overall the squad still needs some reinforcement.
So, who do we got in December? There`s Brighton, Chelsea, Watford, Southampton, Stoke City and Burnley; all which are currently sit above us in the league standings. Apart from Chelsea, the rest of the game we might only have 50% chances (just a rough estimation) of winning them though that could change in the weeks to come. There is a big possibility by the end of this we might even drop into the bottom 3 or just stay above it based on a small margin.
All I can hope for is that we are able to weather the storm in such a crucial month before the transfer window. Rest assured that if we can keep ourselves out of the bottom three, then half of the fight is won already.
Now comes the most important part of the season, January transfer window. For this, the focus must solely on our gaffer David Wagner. But before I go further into this, there is something I need to let off my chest especially with regards to the “anti-football” comments made by some keyboard warriors.
It appears Wagner and Town took a lot of stick following the defeat to Manchester City. While the term “anti-football” is nothing new but seems like for Wagner to adopt such method it came with a lot negative connotation.
If anyone needs to be reminded where did the term “anti-football” came from; it was originated from the school of thoughts of Osvaldo Zubeldia at Estudiantes during the 1960`s and it has been passed down ever since to the most current practitioner, Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
While Simeone`s decision to execute this approach to absolute perfect against Barcelona or Real Madrid is often received with lavish praise, Wagner was slanted for the same approach against City. Clearly, there is lack of consistency here. I will leave this to your respective judgments.
Now back to the transfer window in January. Think we can all unanimously agree that there is need to bring in new players. Personally, I think there is need to add more creativity to our midfield. Lepoitre and Mounie need those supplies to come in good if there ever going to score for us.
Not that I`m being critical towards the likes of Elias Kachunga, Tom Ince or Collin Quaner as we all know they leave everything on the field when called upon. But the thought that maybe they aren`t good enough for Premier League level is something we need to seriously consider here.
I recall how some people were being critical when I tweeted that Town has brought in Ince due his previous experience with Crystal Palace and Hull City. My argument was that Wagner sees something in him and will bring the best out of him. In the end, there is only so much the gaffer can do.
Given the current circumstances, it remains to be seen just how much Wagner will be given to spend on transfer but whatever decision I`m sure it`s all for the best. But I think we as fans too need to manage our expectation when it comes to shrewd spending; the outcome can always go either way. If Wagner gets it right in January when his new signings; then I would dare to say the other half of the fight is won as well.
Between now and May next year is going to be the most interesting time for Huddersfield Town football club and I`m still hopeful that we will survive this season. After all, it`s always been our way of leaving things too late. So if this means we`re going to create one of the greatest escape in Premier League’s history, I`m all for it!
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