Huddersfield Town Opinion: Terriers should keep hold of Aaron Mooy
Huddersfield Town News: According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Huddersfield Town have slapped a daunting $25million price tag on Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy in a bid to ward off interest from the potential suitors.
Mooy has attracted widespread interest from the Premier League ahead of the upcoming campaign but he might be forced to spend the next season at the John Smith’s Stadium in the Championship, with the Terriers looking to play hardball with the potential suitors.
Premier League clubs Southampton and Watford have been credited with an interest in the 28-year-old central midfielder earlier in the summer. It remains to be seen whether either of them choose to go ahead with their interest, particularly with such a heavy price tag on Mooy’s head. (h/t Sydney Morning Herald)
Huddersfield Town currently find themselves under pressure to balance the books this summer after suffering relegation from the Premier League. The Terriers are expected to strive for stability and they haven’t opted to spend big so far this summer, with right-back Herbert Bockhorn joining from Borussia Dortmund for a thrifty fee.
Furthermore, manager Jan Siewert has added experienced centre-back Tommy Elphick on a free transfer, whilst young goalkeeper Kamil Grabara has also joined on loan from Liverpool.
Hence, it is clear that the Terriers have adopted a much more measured approach in the transfer window this summer, although they might bring in one or two statement signings before the deadline to enhance their chances of challenging for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
With that in mind, Huddersfield not only need to step up their pursuit of some of the shortlisted transfer targets but they also need to strive towards keeping some of the existing stars at the club.
Most of the high-profile names that Huddersfield had in their squad last season, including the likes of Phillip Billing, Zanka and Terence Kongolo, all have uncertain futures.
It is a no-brainer that the Terriers would find themselves in a big hole in the Championship next term if they lose the services of so many of their star players.
And Aaron Mooy has certainly been one of the most influential players at the John Smith’s Stadium over the past three seasons- overseeing the club’s promotion from the Championship to the Premier League, their fight for survival and eventual relegation back to the second-tier.
The 28-year-old, who initially joined Huddersfield Town on loan from Man City in 2016, contributed with 4 goals and 7 assists in the Championship to propel the Terriers to a promotion-winning campaign in the 2016-17 season before signing a permanent deal with the club.
The Socceroos star was one of the Terriers’ key players in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons and showed good proficiency in dealing with defensive situations, whilst also showcasing a commendable level of composure on the ball, a wide range of passing and an innate ability to find spaces in the midfield.
Mooy earned rave reviews for his well-rounded attributes as a central midfielder in the top-flight and the 28-year-old proved that he is good enough to play at the highest level.
It is true that Huddersfield Town could choose to cash in on the player and reinvest the money to improve multiple areas of their squad.
However, it is also worth mentioning that Mooy’s departure would be an unfathomable loss for the Terriers, not only because he has been one of the mainstays in recent times but also due to the fact that they would need to shell out a fortune in order to bring in a like-for-like replacement with such a wide range of qualities.
Moreover, they currently do not have any midfielder in their ranks who offers such a lot in all areas of the game.
Truth be told, it is absolutely crucial for the Terriers to hold on to the Australian international if they are to give themselves a realistic chance of challenging for promotion.
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Mooy only has a contract at the John Smith’s Stadium until the summer of 2020, meaning that he might depart on a free transfer next season.
That, however, should not stop the Terriers from playing hardball with the potential suitors in a bid to hold on to their star man.