Huddersfield Town are kicking their heels waiting for football to resume, with the coronavirus outbreak putting the Sky Bet Championship on hold until April 30th at the earliest.
Danny Cowley’s side are still in the thick of the division’s relegation battle, and when the season resumes, there’s no doubt that all focus will be on Town retaining their Championship status.
Yet, this forced break offers a chance for reflection, which is what we are doing here at FLW.
We take a look back on TWO transfer links that Town were right to avoid.
There’s no denying that Okazaki is an exceptional player, who enjoyed some great years in the Premier League with Leicester City.
Town were linked with a move for the striker back in January 2019, as the Terriers looked to bolster their squad and avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Okazaki is now 33 and way past his peak, which is reflected in his recent form (zero goals for Leicester last season).
He’s managed eight for Huesca in the Spanish second-tier this season, but nothing about the striker suggests he would’ve been the man to guide Town to safety last year.
Had he arrived, Town would’ve likely been relegated anyway with the writing on the wall, which would’ve made Okazaki an expensive mistake.
Huddersfield were interested in a move for the Manchester City man back in the summer of 2018.
Roberts is a very technical player, but, ultimately, he’s never really made the grade anywhere in England; spells with City, Norwich City and Middlesbrough haven’t seen him reach his best, with the 23-year-old currently injured on Teesside.
His best form came with Celtic in 2016/17 when he struck nine goals and created another 10, but he’s never got close to those levels since.
Huddersfield were probably best to avoid resting their Premier League hopes on his shoulders.