Huddersfield Town kick off the new season away at Nottingham Forest today, and after leaving survival to the final day of last season, they’ll be hoping for more this time around. If you’re expecting an awful lot more, then you are likely to be disappointed.
Whether this is possible of course remains to be seen, and although the Terriers have been active in the transfer market, it’s arguable that the old weaknesses still remain.
As the season finished we were left with one striker on the books, and that was Jimmy Spencer which isn’t too dissimilar to having no strikers, so recruiting forwards had to be a priority.
This has been done with Jon Stead rejoining the club alongside Martin Paterson, Cristian Lopez, & James Vaughan, who after impressing on loan last season, was hassled on twitter endlessly about coming back to the club. This and only this secured his move to the club.
Every one of these strikers has ability, but their past records would suggest we’ve probably signed four 10 goal a season men.
Other players have joined, with Adam Hammill, who was disappointing on loan last year, coming in from Wolves. Hopefully he can start to be the player he was at Barnsley and catch up on a few years lost to the wilderness. Otherwise he can join Danny Ward in the slightly overweight, often disappointing wingman category.
Finally midfielder Jonathan Hogg has joined from Watford. Here is a man who has “fans favourite” written all over him. Terms like “Tireless worker” and “hard tackler” will immediately endear him to the town faithful, as long as the theory is backed up by reality.
Mark Robins has addressed some problems within the squad, and although defensive weaknesses remain, it looks a solid squad, although one which probably still lacks a true match winner.
Style is yet to be truly revealed although Robins had displayed clear tactical acumen last term and clearly the players were putting in more effort than they had under Simon Grayson, where they were as sleepy as the press in the aforementioned manager’s press conferences.
Combine these factors, the squad & a manager with battling qualities, and it all points to a season where we scrap for points, surprise a few, whilst taking a heavy kicking every now and then. Ultimately we’ll probably finish about 17th and I’ll be fairly happy with that.