Huddersfield Town have statistically improved every year in their Championship positioning since they were promoted in 2011/12. But in two of their three seasons, over 70 goals have been conceded, this record will need to be set straight if they are to reach the top half. Top marksman James Vaughan missed a large chunk of the season on the treatment table, but still managed 8 goals despite not reaching peak fitness levels. His goal scoring prowess will need to be at its summit if they are to achieve their current ambitions.
Last season’s most impressive performer Sean Scannell, will reflect with fondness over last season. Chris Powell, who was appointed boss in September after Mark Robins made a calamitous start to proceedings, usually deployed the former Crystal Palace man as a winger, but with Vaughan suffering from injuries, he was also found on unfamiliar ground in a Huddersfield shirt, by playing up front. This year he has been joined by promising teenage sensation Kyle Dempsey. The 19-year-old who arrived from Carlisle United may not immediately slot into the starting XI, but with a good pre-season and hard work on the training pitch, I can see the youngster being a success at the John Smith’s Stadium. The defensive edge of the midfield has also been strengthened with the arrival of Dean Whitehead. He arrives after former club Middlesbrough failed to make the Premier League, but joining Huddersfield will give him a completely different experience to his former clubs; Sunderland, Stoke and Oxford. His aggressive nature and tenecious tacking make him a vital piece in the Huddersfield midfield jigsaw, with his impressive range of passing also being a factor why he was brought in by Chris Powell.
As I mentioned earlier, the defensive side of the Terriers game has been a problem since they first entered the second tier. With former Charlton Athletic and England defender Chris Powell now in charge, he may be able to tighten up things at the back. Joel Lynch and Mark Hudson are two calm and assured defenders that have plenty of Championship know-how. They will need to pass this knowledge to the more tender members of the squad and new arrivals such as Jason Davidson, who has signed after a disappointing season with West Bromwich Albion. Their leaky rearguard is unquestionably their downfall, with strikers such as Rudy Gestede, Darryl Murphy and Ross McCormack all prowling the 18 yard box searching for goals. The Terriers will have to be dogged at the back to stop the net rippling at the back. Like many bookies have suggested, i predict another fairly mediocre season for teh Terriers, they will always be dangerous on the attack but less sharp at the back. But with James Vaughan in your side, you can never dismiss an unforeseen play-off push.