Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy – the Australian midfield maestro helping Huddersfield puch above their weight

In June, Huddersfield Town decided to break their transfer record to make an Australian midfielder theirs for keeps. That decision was a masterstroke. Aaron Mooy is proving to be worth every penny spent on him by the Terriers and they need him fit if they’re to remain in the elite division beyond this season.

He’s not British, but Aaron Mooy is one midfielder understands the English game to the core. I say core because he’s played for teams in the lower division of English football and knows the ropes. Lack of playing time coupled with a back injury did force him back to his country in 2011; albeit, two short stints at Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City were enough to start attracting Premier League suitors. Manchester City won the race to bring the central midfielder back to the country he’d left for nearly six years.

A few days after signing the midfielder, the Citizens loaned him out to Championship side, Huddersfield Town. Mooy instantly became an integral member of the Terriers team and helped them win back promotion to the Premier League after 45 years in the woods.

With established world-class midfielders such as Yaya Toure, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola couldn’t care less about Mooy. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old Australian was hot property for a West Yorkshire club and they were prepared to break the bank for him.

 

There were other modest Premier League clubs interested in Aaron Mooy after his stellar performances for Huddersfield in the 2016-17 Championship season; Southampton and Brighton coming to mind, but it was easy for The Terriers to keep hold of their midfield maestro. Although it would cost them a club record £8 million and another £2 million in add-ons, Town still considered it a bargain. Club Chairman, Dean Hoyle, told the BBC after completing Mooy’s signing:

“Aaron made it very clear to us last season that he wanted to play in the Premier League this season and, if we were there, he would want to do that with us.”

Mooy has never played Premier League football before this season; he never kicked a ball for Manchester City prior to signing for Huddersfield. Still, the midfielder has absolutely taken the Premier League by storm. Mooy has been the midfield revelation in the early days of this campaign. What do you know? Terriers fans are already quite familiar with the ingenious bald midfield enforcer who can take a game by the scruff of the neck.

For all you Fantasy Premier League addicts, you might’ve noticed that Mooy’s FPL price is already on the rise. That’s because the midfielder looks to be making things happen every weekend. With one goal and two assists, the playmaker has already won a minimum of 16 points for FPL managers who chose to stick with him – that’s better than any Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool or Arsenal midfielder so far.

Can Aaron Mooy continue this run?

The Premier League is a marathon and not a sprint and it does look like Mooy has started it with a dash. You’ve got to question if the Australian can keep up with this pace. If he does, then he would definitely be contending for the player of the season.

To keep up the run, he must first stay fit. Huddersfield Town will be banking their survival hopes on an injury-free Mooy. If this guy suffers a lengthy injury layoff, David Wagner might struggle to plug the gap and the Terriers could easily be involved in an early battle to beat the drop.

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