Before the 2017-18 Premier League season began, I wrote about how optimistic I was about Huddersfield Town’s arrival to the top flight.
It seemed before the campaign had begun that the majority of media outlets simply had written them off.
However, they spent wisely and although a small concern at the time, I did feel it was a sign of intent by the club.
A lot of the money seemed very wisely spent, something I find refreshing for a club who could have paid higher fees due to peer pressure and panic.
This doesn’t seem the case at all, and a handful of fans communicated with me at length on Twitter about how this wouldn’t be the case.
I must say I feel they have done incredibly well so far, and fans must not be downhearted about their recent run of form as it doesn’t seem that long ago that they were flying high in the top division of the English game.
Recent defeats to Bournemouth (4-0), Manchester City (2-1), Arsenal (5-0) and Everton (2-0) may be deflating.
Yet I feel they’ve given as good as what they got, and you could say they were quite unlucky not to have picked up a point against a seemingly unstoppable Man City side.
The recent run of form seems quite natural for the stage of the Premier League, and provided there’s still money made available by owner Dean Hoyle, I feel they will strengthen further with a couple of additions and return to for.
It’s been a tough campaign this year for them with several twists and turns already but I feel it’s very impressive that they have kept five clean sheets so far.
Yes, fans may be concerned about the amount of goals conceded but the majority have come in big games.
In fact, 13 of them came within their last four games, so one area which must be on the mind of David Wagner must be their defence.
Perhaps even a creative midfielder or goal scorer, since the club seems to struggle which options within this department – as Huddersfield have three-joint top scorers all on 2 goals each.
If these areas can be addressed, perhaps even worked on during training – I feel they will be fine.
It’s just a case of settling their nerves and believing that they can press sides more effectively as they aren’t totally out of games.
In their recent game against Everton, for me it was basic mistakes and relapses in their concentration which caused them the most problems.
Both sides attacked each other to good effect, but Huddersfield weren’t very calm and once they conceded their confidence seemed to drain.
The pluses is the fact they have some very promising young players, who will naturally adapt the more games that they play within the Premier League, while the experience of Jonas Lossl must be replaced wisely once his loan spell ends.
It would be nice to see a team like Huddersfield establish themselves within the top flight and improve further – if Bournemouth can do it, why not them?