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Three players Huddersfield will struggle to keep if they fail to win promotion

Huddersfield Town fans with a flag of manager David Wagner

Huddersfield Town are on course to secure their place in this season's play-offs and are quite rightly earning high praise for their exploits.

Huddersfield Town's Rajiv van La Parra celebrates scoring their first goal with manager David Wagner

Huddersfield Town have been the surprise package in the Championship this season

With just nine games to play, the Terriers are this year's surprise outfit in the Championship who are making a serious bid to win promotion to the Premier League.

David Wagner has been nothing short of a revelation since taking over the side. The former Borussia Dortmund coach has transformed an unfashionable Huddersfield side to one of the league's most exciting sides.

Many had backed the Yorkshire club to tail off towards the end of the season and fall short of a potential return to England's top division for the first time since 1972.

However, what was once a distant dream is now turning into a viable conclusion and Huddersfield supporters are dreaming. Whilst this is an unfamiliar position for the club, the players seem to be taking the challenge into their stride. Inevitably, teams are beginning to take notice of the side's top performers.

We take a look at three players that could be hard to keep at the John Smith's stadium if they are unable to achieve promotion this season.

Elias Kachunga

Kachunga is one of the handful of loan players that Huddersfield have in their squad this season. They have Chelsea starlets Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown, Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward and Aaron Mooy from Manchester City. Out of these players, Kachunga has arguably been the best performer and most likely to extend their stay beyond this current season.

The FC Ingolstadt 04 forward is on a season long loan and their top goalscorer with 11 goals which is a remarkable stat as he has played predominantly in a wide role this season. The Terriers have an option to make the 24-year-old's contract a permanent one for £1.5 million. His performances have not gone unnoticed and as reported by the Mirror, has attracted interest from Premier League sides Everton, Watford and Middlesbrough.

If a serious offer comes in from the Premier League and Huddersfield are still in the Championship next season, Kachunga may be reluctant to commit the next three years of his career to the Terriers.

Elias Kachunga of Huddersfield Town (R) and Jordan Amavi of Aston Villa in actionElias Kachunga has scored 11 goals so far for Huddersfield Town this season

Cristopher Schindler

The signing Schindler has been an exceptional piece of business. Another player from Wagner's native Germany, the 26-year-old was signed for an undisclosed club-record fee in the summer from TSV 1860 Munich. His consistent performances in the heart of the defence has made him a popular player with the supporters.

It is Schindler's first season in English football and he has quickly established himself as one of the Championship's best centre backs. He has formed a stable partnership with fellow German Michael Hefele. Whilst not making the headlines as much as his team-mates, fans are under no illusion that the team's meteoric rise up the Championship table this season has been down to the side's vastly improved defence led by Schindler.

If his performances in the league continue to blossom, it will be just a matter of time before a Premier League side begins to take serious interest in him.

Nahki Wells

Before the arrival of Wagner, Nakhi Wells would have been considered the club's most priced asset. He finished as last season's top goalscorer with 17 league goals, the Bermuda international was linked with a move away from the club throughout the summer.

Wells rejected the offer of a new contract back in November, where it is understood that the new deal would've made him the club's top earner. A departure looked likely when the January transfer window opened but he pledged his short term future to the club by telling the Yorkshire Post: "I can guarantee I will be here until the end of the season."

Huddersfield's unexpected promotion push would have been the likely reason for Wells putting a potential move away from the club on hold. The former Bradford City striker is now 26-years-old and will be keen to test himself in the Premier League. Whether that is with Huddersfield Town or not remains to be seen. 

Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells in action with Brentford's Ryan WoodsNahki Wells will be hoping to fire Huddersfield into the Premier League.

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