A little over halfway into the campaign and it’s clear David Wagner’s side haven’t been overawed by the experience. In fact they’ve relished going up against the big boys and left Manchester United with a bloody nose when they visited the John Smith’s Stadium.
But, in truth, while victories over the likes of the Red Devils are memorable, they’re not the wins that will keep Huddersfield in the Premier League for 2018/19.
Will the second half of the campaign be harder? Undoubtedly. Huddersfield are no longer a surprise package, opposition sides will know what they’re about and how to limit their threat. It’s why the January transfer window will be important for Wagner.
And in order to get a handle on what Terriers fans are thinking ahead of the transfer window opening on January 1, we canvassed the opinion of Alex Turk, Oliver Fisher and Raj Bains, author of ‘Underdog – The inside story of Huddersfield Town’s 2016/17 promotion campaign‘.
Which areas do Huddersfield need to strengthen in January and why?
Alex: The fact that only five different players have scored in the Premier League for Huddersfield Town this season – Steve Mounié, Aaron Mooy, Laurent Depoitre, Rajiv van La Parra and Elias Kachunga – points towards attacking reinforcements.
The Terriers’ 4-1 rout at Watford saw away goals being scored for the first time in eight outings, since the opening weekend 3-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Even though David Wagner has his side sitting pretty on the brink of a top half place, only six points separate them and the relegation zone with half a season to go so more firepower should prove crucial.
Name three realistic transfer targets you would like Huddersfield to sign in January and who should they replace in your starting XI?
Alex: Jonathan Bamba (RW, Saint-Étienne) – The rapid Frenchman has contributed seven goals in 15 Ligue 1 appearances this season and is refusing a new contract. He has the versatility to play anywhere in a front three.
Rolando Aarons (LW, Newcastle United) – Although his goal tally isn’t the highest, the promising winger hasn’t had a chance to shine on Tyneside and would fill Kachunga’s boots finely on either side of the striker.
What is your number one fear for the January window?
Oliver: Losing Christopher Schindler.
What would your dream January transfer window look like?
Raj: Town need to keep their key talent and add quality where appropriate. There aren’t any names that jump out as must buys or areas that are desperate to be improved, and the club know that – they won’t be the type to buy the sake of it. It might be worth getting a few off the books a bit further down the pecking order, but that’s no rush. In truth, they set themselves up as well as possible in the summer and have reaped the rewards since – there’s no need to panic at this stage.