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What's Gone Wrong For Nakhi Wells?

Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Soccer Saturday fans will be more than familiar with Nakhi Wells. The Bermuda youngster has one hell of a story to tell. Has injury brought it to an end?

News broke earlier this week that Wells could be on his way out at the Kirklees Stadium. His recovery from ankle surgery is apparently well on course. Yet, that recovery has seen him slip down the pecking order with surprise Premier League powerhouse Huddersfield Town. Whether we'll see him in a Huddersfield shirt again is doubtful. Manager David Wagner has told the press he may not be able to guarantee the 27-year-old a place moving forward.

It's a shame to see such a confident striker being spoken about in this way. Wells was integral to Huddersfield's 2015-16 campaign. His 18 goals helped the club narrowly avoid relegation. Last term, he netted ten as the Terriers secured their place in England's top flight.

According to Wagner, Wells is aware he is on the market. Clubs such as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United have been linked to his signature. Leeds recently lost Chris Wood to Burnley and Wolves have been somewhat toothless up top for a while. Nakhi is unlikely to be expensive, having joined the Terriers for £1.3 million, then a club record.

If the club aren't going to profit massively from Wells' sale, why not let him spend a season in the Premier League?

Wood found himself in a similar position at Leicester City. When the Foxes made their long-awaited return to the top flight, he and Anthony Knockaert were pushed out to make room for new blood. Some players may not be fully cut out for the Premier League but, when injury rather than performance is the culprit, why stop them from trying?
Is the manager really telling us Wells is less capable than Andy Carroll or Vincent Janssen? Both are strikers who've shown glimpses of real ability but failed to deliver on their hype. Wells could score as often as these two 'proven' Premier League strikers and it would unfairly be viewed as a poor season.

Nakhi Wells came to this country purely to play football. He's a gifted striker, no matter your perspective. David Wagner's decision to let him go should be challenged and proven wrong. When fully recovered, Wells deserves a proper chance. With the window closing in less than a fortnight, he may not get one. It would be a shame to see his inspiring story end in such a manner.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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