Premier League 2017/18 Preview – Huddersfield Town

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Image: Huddersfield Examiner

David Wagner transformed Huddersfield last season, taking them from Championship strugglers to promotion via the playoffs. Keen to avoid the disadvantage that the playoff winners usually face, the Terriers have done most of their summer business early on, bringing in nine players before the start of pre-season. Record signing Steve Mounie has grabbed four goals in pre-season, and Tom Ince has also been amongst the goals after his move from Derby. Huddersfield will need to be clinical if they are going to survive. Their total of 56 goals was only the fourteenth highest in the Championship last season, and they were actually promoted with a negative goal difference! Against Premier League defences however, Huddersfield may struggle to find the goals to keep themselves afloat. Huddersfield have a fairly easy opening to the season, as they don’t face a top six side until the end of September, so we could see a strong start from David Wagner’s side. However, their final four games are Chelsea (A), Everton (H), Manchester City (A) and Arsenal (H). If Huddersfield are still in with a chance of staying up by that point, it could be a very tense final few weeks for their fans.

Key Player: Aaron Mooy. The Australian international won Huddersfield’s player of the year award in their promotion season, and has since turned his loan move in to a permanent one. He was one of the top performers in the Championship last season, and now he has his opportunity to perform in the Premier League.

One to Watch: Philip Billing. The promising Dane broke in to the Huddersfield team in the 2015/16 season, and continued his development with 16 appearances in the Championship last season. The midfielder stepped in to the first team after Jonathan Hogg’s injury in March, and although he is clearly highly rated by the club, David Wagner has questioned his attitude. If Billing can raise himself to Wagner’s challenge, he may well feature in the Premier League this season.

Last Season: 5th (Championship)

Predicted Finish: 20th