Nobody thought that little old Huddersfield Town would make a Premier League return. Not only are they back in the top flight, but they’ve made a sensational start to life in the big time. This is their story so far – and their faithful fanbase will be praying it continues.
The Terriers won the play-off final in dramatic fashion, and personally, I was tipping them to head straight back down in dismal fashion. However, if their start is anything to go by, then the Yorkshire club have absolutely nothing to worry about. Credit has to go to David Wagner and his coaching staff because they’ve been a joy to watch.
Huddersfield Town’s fixtures so far
Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield
Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle
Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton
West Ham United 2-0 Huddersfield
Huddersfield 1-1 Leicester City
Alright, you look at that fixture list and think that they’ve not played any of the big boys so far, but their fans must be pinching themselves. They’ve amassed eight points from five fixtures and currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table. Realistically, that won’t continue and they’ll begin to drop down the table at some point – but they are well on their way to that magic 40-point mark; which would have been their goal from the moment they earned promotion.
Their first fixture was one in which that they would have been happy with a draw, but on the day, they smelt blood and took the game to a Crystal Palace side who I thought would do rather well. Steve Mounie scored two fantastic goals and for the most part, the visitors were the better side. It was a richly deserved three points and the perfect start.
Then came Newcastle at home. These are the type of fixtures in which Huddersfield simply have to win – and once again, they delivered. The goal came from a man who is by far and away their most talented player; Aaron Mooy. The Australian bent the ball past a hapless Newcastle United keeper to send the Kirklees Stadium into a ruckus.
What I’ve been most impressed with is their stern defence. The fact that they’ve conceded only three goals (and none in their opening three fixtures) is a testament to the work they’ve been putting in on the training ground. Wagner has them organised as a unit, and when they’re on the backfoot, they defend as a team. We’ve seen so many sides get promoted and splash the cash in order to stay there. In reality, nothing beats good old hard work, and Huddersfield are showcasing that right now.
When the going gets tough, newly-promoted sides tend to wilt. Not The Town. They’ve coped brilliantly when teams are pressing them hard, and in fact, they’ve counter-attacked with real pace, power and precision. Their German manager deserves all the credit in the world for what he’s achieving with Huddersfield. To think that he could have left them for Wolfsburg less than twelve months ago.
Huddersfield have been a real breath of fresh air and although I’m not a supporter of their club, seeing them succeed has brought a smile to my face. They still have one aim and that’s Premier League survival. Around five weeks ago, nobody even thought this was a possibility. At least they’ve given themselves a real good chance.