With multiple clubs trying to poach David Wagner away from his Championship-topping club, Huddersfield fans have plenty to smile about.
Huddersfield Town are heading into the international break having enjoyed the best start to a season in the club’s history.
From their opening 11 games, they have racked up 25 points under the leadership of Head Coach David Wagner.
The former Borussia Dortmund II coach is in the midst of his first full season at Huddersfield and, after a major spending spree over the summer, has revived a once-struggling club to orchestrate a top-of-the-table Championship campaign.
But since Aston Villa sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo due to lack of results, Wagner has become one of the front runners to replace him, a proposition that has Terriers fans worried.
Whilst Wagner’s future at the club may be hanging in the balance, Town fans have plenty to be positive about when the players return from the international break.
Wagner has laid strong foundations
David Wagner had an active summer transfer window, bringing in no fewer than 13 players with some of the most notable being Aaron Mooy, Kasey Palmer, Rajiv van La Parra and Elias Kachunga.
The German crafted a team that would be able to play his strategy and the new players settled into the squad very quickly as they raced to the top heights of the Championship table.
Wagner has also built a strong relationship with the club’s personnel, including Chairman Dean Hoyle, and has frequently referred to his “long-term” project at Town, suggesting he might not want to abandon a winning team to join a struggling club.
Huddersfield will only lose three players to international duty
While the likes of top competition Norwich and Newcastle will have nine and ten players respectively absent, Huddersfield are only losing three.
Both squads are losing key players including Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolahan and Timm Klose for Norwich while Newcastle are losing the likes of Ciaran Clark, Chancel Mbemba, Matt Ritchie, Matz Sels and Paul Dummett.
From Huddersfield, Aaron Mooy (Australia), Danny Ward (Wales) and Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Slovenia U21) will all be heading out on international duty but the lion’s share of Wagner’s squad will be available to continue their hard work with the club.
A favourable string of games awaits after the break
The Terriers’ momentum may have dipped in their most recent matches, with losses to Brighton and Reading and a scrappy win at Ipswich but the international break will provide the opportunity to regroup and return to a winnable run of games.
Huddersfield will host Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County with a trip to Preston North End in between.
Town are still undefeated at the John Smith Stadium, Preston’s home form has been erratic and Derby and Sheffield have both struggled with their form on the road so it is fair to say Huddersfield should have the upper hand in these fixtures.
Wagner has proved he is a skilled tactician so will undoubtedly be using the break to ensure his team is ready after the break.