Would I be wrong in saying that Huddersfield has turned a few heads this season? The club is shocking opponents all over the Premier League, as well as around the football world. They shook up the EPL with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Matchday one, and have quietly hung around the top of the table for the first six weeks of the season. The roster has a rough next five weeks ahead of them, with Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United all battling for the top spots early on, but if the Terriers play the dogged, steady style that they have, they will have a chance.
However, we are here to look at their early-season form. This includes the best overall signing, the most influential one, and the most underrated deal as well. With a little bit of help from the members of the Huddersfield Town – Premier League Banter group on Facebook, here is an overview of Huddersfield Town:
Best Signing – Aaron Mooy
While Mooy was technically with Huddersfield Town last year as a loaned player from Manchester City, as he made quite the impact. His accomplishments then led to David Wagner signing him permanently over the past summer. He was a pivotal figure in the Championship last season, and so far this season, Mooy has been in great form within the guts of the Terrier’s pack.
Along with his one goal and one assist, he has been a workhorse, with close to 400 passes at a pretty good 83% completion rate. It is a very rare occasion when Mooy has a poor game for the Terriers. and when he is on song, he can make or break a game. He has that ability in club football to change the momentum in an instant, which is exactly what Huddersfield need when they play against the top teams, as well as to stay in the top flight of English football.
Most Influential – Chris Schindler
This one was pretty much unanimous from the fans within the Huddersfield Facebook community, and you can see why. Schindler was probably the value buy of the year by any team within Europe, and he has been an absolute stud at the back. Schindler, along with Zanka in the guts and Lossl in goals, has ensured that Huddersfield contains a fantastic defensive record. In fact, the only two teams with a better defensive record happen to be Manchester United and Manchester City.
Schindler is averaging close to ten clearances a game, forty passes, close to four key passes, and a tackle completion rate of close to 80%. If those numbers don’t scream value for money (signed for $2.2 million during the summer), then I don’t know what does.
Most underrated – Jonas Lossl
The Huddersfield goalkeeper has been in fantastic form between the sticks since the start of the season. In the top ten for saves so far with sixteen this season, as well as four clean sheets, and only three goals conceded, Lossl and his back four can lay claim to being the best value backline in the league, if not in all of Europe. Lossl has barely had any of the credit sent his way, with the likes of Schindler, Zanka and Mooy reaping the rewards. While those three deserve the hype they have been receiving, Lossl should definitely get more credit for the work he has done this season so far.
Huddersfield should keep turning heads if they remain consistent, with the exception of the Burnley game, and should stay within the realms of the top ten after my earlier season prediction. The likes of Mooy, Zanka, Schindler, Lossl and Ince/Deportie/Mounie up front will keep them away from relegation. The interesting part will be to see how the Terriers are once they get through the rough next five weeks. If they can win twice and draw against one of the next three games, they will be in good shape for the rest of the season.
Thanks to the Huddersfield Town – Premier League Banter group on Facebook for their contributions.