Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town – The Premier League Newcomers That Won’t Get Relegated

Since 1972, Huddersfield Town has not tasted top flight football; they’re back in the elite division now, 25 years after it’s had a massive facelift. An unlikely opening day victory aside, the Terriers are an embodiment of a team that’s set to maintain their Premier League status beyond the 2017-18 season.

In November of 2015 when Huddersfield Town appointed David Wagner as head coach, they were languishing in 18th place in the championship. Wagner was saddled with the mountainous responsibility of rejuvenating a team that looked distraught in nearly every department. Town was struggling, and threatened by relegation to the League One.

Wagner had plenty other excuses to fail; being German, he had joined a team far away home – getting used to the language, adjusting the team’s style of play in mid-season, surviving through winter in team where he was only the first non-UK or Irish manager, the 44-year-old had plenty to choose from.

Nevertheless, Wagner, who by the way is a close friend of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp proved to be a masterstroke signing as Dean Hoyle, Huddersfield chairman would later discover. David Wagner helped Huddersfield avoid the precarious drop in the 2015-16 Championship season.

From finishing 19th the season before, the Terriers had their fortunes absolutely turned around in 2016-17, big thanks to their German gaffer; a fifth place finish was enough to secure them a place in the playoffs and the rest is history.

Unfazed in an unfamiliar division

Huddersfield Town had endured nearly half a century away from the top dogs; however, they were undaunted by that piece of history when they played their first top-tier game in 45 years. Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace were made to feel the wrath of a physical and tactically competent side hungry for their first victory in the English topflight since the 70s.

Crystal Palace were bullied all over the place by the playoff winners and were left red-faced at home by a resolute Huddersfield side who thrived on sheer physicality.

Whether that 3-nil victory was mother luck smiling on the West Yorkshire club, one thing was evident – David Wagner’s would not be intimidated in this division. They played with and maintained a tempo that could overwhelm any opposition.

How far can Huddersfield Town go?

The 3000-strong Huddersfield supporters who traveled all the way to Selhurst Park to see their team trash Crystal Palace, burst into a chant when their team went two goals up. First, they sang praises for their manager, David Wagner; in apprant comparison to Jurgen Klopp they sang: “Better than Klopp, better than Klooop. David Wagner, he’s better than Klopp!”. Then the chants changed to: “We are top of the league, say we are top of the league. “All the way to the Champions League!”

Whether that was due to the ecstasy of a three-nil away win or a huge dose of sentimentality, Terriers, fans certainly thought for a minute, their team could qualify for the Champions League. Truth be told, it’ll be a remarkable season for Town if they can finish in the top half of the table.

With the way Wagner sets up his team, it’ll take an injury crisis or total dressing room break down for his team to get relegated this season. A few defeats lie ahead for the Terriers, still, I predict an 11th place finish for the West Yorkshire side.

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