By Dan Butterfield
Huddersfield Town have had a poor season to the disappointment of their fans and with just two games to go they sit on just 14 points. Here we look at what’s gone wrong.
- Goals. Huddersfield have struggled massively for goals this season. Their top goalscorer, Karlan Grant, has just 4 goals, a good tally for him as he only signed in January but doesn’t look good for the rest of the squad.
2. Defence. The Terriers defensive performances this season have almost emphasised their lack of goals. They have conceded 74 goals in 36 matches this season with only Fulham having conceded more.
3. Home Form. Form at home is always key for maintaining your Premier League status. Huddersfield have struggled at home with just two wins against Wolves and Fulham and draws against Cardiff and West Ham.
4. Christmas Form. The crucial festive period is always key at the top and the bottom of the table. In December, the Terriers lost all 7 games which left them adrift at the bottom. It left them with a big ask in the second half of the season which they subsequently failed.
5. Managerial Changes. David Wagner, a hero in Huddersfield after taking them up to the Premier League for the first time and keeping them up in the first season on a shoestring budget, was sacked by the club half way through the season with former Borussia Dortmund coach Jan Siewert replacing him. Siewert hasn’t had the desired effect and Huddersfield will play in the SkyBet Championship next season.
6. Transfer Dealings. Poor transfers from Huddersfield in the summer haven’t helped their situation. The signings didn’t have much Premier League experience and that has showed in their performances. The biggest signing, Terence Kongolo from Monaco for £18 Million, hasn’t lived up to expectations.
7. Goalkeeping Errors. Huddersfield have switched between Jonas Lossl and Ben Hamer this season in between the sticks with neither of them having particularly good seasons.
8. Star Men Under performing. The form of players such as Aaron Mooy, Steve Mounie and Christopher Schindler has been poor in comparison to last season. With Huddersfield being heavily reliant on these players, their poor form has linked heavily to their downfall.