Huddersfield Town seek to emulate Norwich and Southampton

The Terriers have taken momentum from their play-off victory into the Championship, and after beating Blackpool 3-1 in a successful trip to the seaside, they sit second in the league.

After coming so close to promotion in the two years previously, Huddersfield finally managed to win the League 1 play-offs last year, after an agonising 8-7 penalty shootout win over Sheffield United in the final.

Having been such a strong team in League 1, they have made a flying start in the Championship, picking up 14 points in their first seven games and sitting in second, two points behind leaders Brighton. In the past two Championship seasons, teams have achieved back to back promotions. First Norwich did it, then Southampton last year, with both teams finishing 2nd and therefore clinching an automatic spot in the Premier League. Can Huddersfield make it three years in a row?

The appointment of Simon Grayson in February is looking like a shrewd one. He has Championship experience with Leeds United, who he also led to promotion from League 1 in his time there.

It could be said he was harshly treated by the Yorkshire club, who he kept within touching distance of the play-offs in the Championship during his reign. Under Grayson, Huddersfield haven't lost in the league since the opening match, and have recorded impressive 3-1 away victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool in their last two outings.

They have also managed to produce this good start despite selling Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn in the summer, a tricky man to replace, seeing as he scored 37 league goals for the Terriers last season.

Huddersfield have an excellent set up, their stadium is not only a superb architectural feat, it is part of a strong infrastructure that has supported the playing staff as they sought and eventually achieved promotion from League 1.

They do not look at all overwhelmed in the Championship, picking up wins against Blackpool and Derby recently, both clubs with recent Premiership experience. The success of Norwich and Southampton before them demonstrates what a competitive league Huddersfield have been promoted from, but it would still be truly remarkable if another club could achieve back to back promotions to the Premiership.

With this far to go in the season the smart money would still be on some of the more established Championship sides, along with the teams who have come down from the Premiership last year, overtaking Huddersfield. But the smart money would have been wrong in the past two seasons, so maybe it’s worth putting a little on Huddersfield.

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