Ideal January Transfer Window For Huddersfield Town
With pundits and fans alike running round to commend Huddersfield for their 3-0 win away at Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season, we all thought immediately that Town would have no trouble staying up.
Looking back, however, the Eagles were in the worst form we have seen for many a season and in absolute turmoil at that point. Also, the Terriers’ goal hero that day, Steve Mounie, didn’t score again until recently just quashing the excitement a little.
Since the opening day, Huddersfield have found things tough. They’re not sitting in the relegation zone yet but have a poor goal difference and look rather limp in some games, though always up for it against the better sides.
They try hard and have a good coach, but like the entire bottom end of the league including Swansea, Palace, Newcastle, Stoke, West Brom and West Ham, they simply have a severe lack of quality.
To fix this, Huddersfield will look to bring in a couple of new signings in January and perhaps rid the payroll of some admirable but unnecessary names in order to free up some cash.
They have been linked with Marko Grujic of Liverpool though whether the midfielder would arrive on loan or on a permanent deal is not sure. But what is certain is that there is no long-term place for the Serbian at Anfield and he must look for other options.
Liverpool spent over £5.1million on Grujic back in January 2016 when he arrived from Red Star Belgrade, though he was sent straight back to the Serbian club on loan for the remainder of that season.
He has remained on Merseyside this season and knows the English game well enough, though his appearances have been limited to 10 and are a mish-mash of under-23 games, cup games and a grand total of 13 minutes in the Premier League.
It may well be that Scott Malone could be allowed to leave already having not provided what everyone thought he would do as an attacking left-back, perhaps being replaced by the highly regarded Augsburg full-back Philipp Max.
Signing Max and Grujic as a minimum with Malone off the wage bill would be a positive window for Huddersfield and given the points they already have on the board, it could be just about enough to see them survive the drop.
In an ideal world though, a Jonathan Bamba or a Rolando Aarons coming in would be a real bonus for the club.