After already securing the services of seven new players this summer, Huddersfield Town turned their attentions to the free agency market yesterday by swooping for Fraizer Campbell.
Without a club after his deal with Hull City expired in July (via Transfermarkt), the 31-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year contract which will keep him at the John Smith’s Stadium until 2021, as per BBC Sport.
Speaking to Huddersfield’s official website about his decision to sign Campbell, manager Jan Siewert said: “Fraizer joins us on the back of some good form in the Championship last season and straight away is an option with pedigree at this level.
“He’s a great guy with a lot of experience and growing up in Huddersfield means he really gets the area and knows exactly what we’re all about.
“I know there will be an instant connection with the supporters and I’m sure they will give him their full backing as one of their own.”
Having been a regular starter for Hull in the Championship last season, Campbell will be confident that he can force his way into Huddersfield’s plans for the current campaign.
With two promotions already under his belt from his time with the Tigers and Cardiff City, the forward could make it a hat-trick with the Terriers if Siewert’s side can repeat the heroics which saw the club return to the top-flight for the first time in 45 years in 2017.
Yet with the pressure firmly on him to deliver the goods for Huddersfield, it will be intriguing to just how well he gets on at his hometown club.
Here, in our latest spotlight article, we determine whether Campbell is a good signing for the Terriers based on an in-depth look at his stats from the 2018/19 campaign.
A mainstay in Hull’s side during the previous campaign, Campbell made 39 appearances in the Championship under then-boss Nigel Adkins and was able to form a deadly partnership with the likes of Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen up-front.
Whereas he was unable to power the Tigers towards the play-offs, the forward still proved to be a real threat in-front of goal as he recorded 44 shots on target and found the back on the net on 12 occasions, a total only bettered by Bowen (22 goals, as per Statbunker).
If he can replicate, or even exceed this total of goals for Huddersfield this year, Campbell could add some much-needed firepower to a side who only managed to score 22 times in the top-flight last season.
The forward also showed a real eye for a pass for Hull as he provided six assists for his team-mates whilst recording an impressive passing success rate of 70.4%.
With Siewert deploying a possession-based system in both of his side’s Championship fixtures this season, Campbell could turn out to be the perfect fit as he knows when to keep hold of possession and when to move it on.
Although he is not as quick as he was during the early stages of his career, the former Manchester United man is still more than capable with the ball at his feet having achieved 74 successful dribbles for the Tigers last season.
By willingly taken on the opposition week-in, week-out, it may not take Campbell long to win over Huddersfield’s supporters who will understandably be desperate for success after having to witness a nightmare 2018/19 campaign.
Whereas Campbell will face stiff competition from Karlan Grant for position this season, there is no reason why the two players cannot reap the benefits from the presence of each-other and thus provide a real goal-scoring spectacle at the John Smith’s Stadium.