What Could Go Wrong? Huddersfield Town 18/19 Season Preview

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Huddersfield Town hushed the doubters last season to keep their spot in the Premier League by finishing 16th on 37 points. Can the Terriers ignore the critics once again?

Who’s In?

  • Terence Kongolo — 24 — Center Back — Monaco — $20.7M
  • Adama Diakhaby — 22 — Center Forward — Monaco — $10.4M
  • Ramadan Sobhi — 21 — Left Winger — Stoke City — $6.7M
  • Florent Hadergjonaj — 23 — Rightback — FC Ingolstadt — $5.2M
  • Juninho Bacuna — 20 — Midfielder — FC Groningen — $2.6M
  • Jonas Lossl — 29 — Goalkeeper — FSV Mainz — $2.6M
  • Eric Durm — 26 — Rightback — Borussia Dortmund — Free
  • Ben Hamer — 30 — Goalkeeper — Leicester — Free

Who’s Out?

  • Tom Ince — 26 — Right Winger — Stoke City — $11.6M
  • Michael Hebele — 27 — Center Back — Nottingham Forest — $340K
  • Robert Green — 38 — Goalkeeper — Chelsea — Free
  • Jack Payne — 23 — Attacking Midfielder — Bradford City — Loan
  • Jordy Hiwula — 23 — Center Forward — Coventry City — ?
  • Tareiq Holmes-Dennis — 22 — Leftback — Bristol Rovers — ?
  • Joel Coleman — 22 — Goalkeeper — Shrewsbury — Loan

European Chances

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Where are the goals coming from for Huddersfield? They have two great center backs in Chris Schindler and Terence Kongolo, but they aren’t huge threats to appear in the box to head home goals. 

Huddersfield Town scored 28 goals last season and “Own Goal” tied Rajiv van La Parra for fourth on the team with three. Steve Mounie led the Terriers with seven despite playing 28 matches.

New signing Adama Diakhaby from Monaco scored two goals in 22 matches in Ligue 1 last season. Fellow 21-year-old Ramadan Sobhi arrived from Stoke this summer, but he only scored two goals in 24 matches last year. 

It looks like David Wagner is going to have a long season relying on Mounie and Aaron Mooy to spark his offense. Huddersfield will be stout defensively, but I don’t see them hitting the 30-goal mark.  

When Will Your Manager Be Fired

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January at the latest. Wagner’s gonna get teased by a bigger club, say Southampton, Everton, or … Chelsea?! Okay maybe not, but Huddersfield are going to be tough to watch with the lack of talent and I’m not sure Wagner will be around to see the season through.

Huddersfield were the surprise of the season last year through the fall, but then scored 25 goals in their last 37 games. (I don’t want to mention this but I have to Huddersfield pounded three goals past Palace to kick-off last season.) And the went scoreless in 21 matches. 21!

I think Wagner’s best hope is to wait it out at Huddersfield and wait for an implosion to occur somewhere else. He’s still riding a lot of his reputation from his Jurgen Klopp connections and his heroic journey to the Premier League with Huddersfield. Unfortunately, I think the journey ends for both club and manager this year.

Which Player Will A Bigger Club Poach?

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This was tough because nobody is going to be tasty bait for a huge club but people familiar with the Premier League know Chris Schindler. He’s one of the best fantasy defenders, too.

The German arrived in Huddersfield from 1860 Munich before the 2016 season. He saw the Terriers through promotion while manning the backline. New signing Kongolo, who was on loan at Huddersfield last season from Monaco, joined Schindler in defense to lead countless Terrier parked bus attempts.

Schindlers’ tenacity should get noticed by bigger clubs but he might not leave until Huddersfield is sent back to the Championship.

Unknown to Household

Twenty-four-year-old Dutchman, Kongolo made his Huddersfield Town move permanent this summer. He’s a strong, left-footed center back who was built for the Premier League. 

He moved from Feyenoord Rotterdam to Monaco last summer before being loaned to Huddersfield after three games. Kongolo made 13 appearances for the Terriers and averaged 2.5 tackles and interceptions per match. He also used his height and quickness to average nearly five clearances a game. 

Relegation Odds

11/10 – The penultimate favorite to get relegated.

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