Carlos Corberan has found himself undertaking a big challenge in his first managerial role in England with Huddersfield Town.
The Spaniard left his role as Leeds United under-23 manager to take up the role at the John Smith’s Stadium, and has implemented a similar style to Marcelo Bielsa.
The Terriers are a short passing, attacking team but they currently sit in 16th place, which isn’t too far from the play offs but not where they’d like to be currently.
Let’s look at two positives and two concerns for Huddersfield as we head into a key period of fixtures just before Christmas.
In a campaign of few positives so far for Huddersfield, the emergence of right back Pipa has been exciting to watch.
A summer arrival from Espanyol, the 22-year-old saw himself thrust into the first-team immediately and along with left back Harry Toffolo have been key players – both of them love to attack and put in crosses for the attackers.
Many more good performances will see Pipa attract interest from bigger clubs – that might be something that Corberan doesn’t want, but something chairman Phil Hodgkinson may have to consider.
CON: Struggling for wins
After losing their first two games, Huddersfield went on a four game unbeaten streak, three of those being wins against Nottingham Forest, Swansea and Derby.
But the wheels have fallen off a little bit since, and their only win in the last seven outings has come away to Millwall, which is a place where it’s extremely difficult to take anything away from in normal times.
Corberan will be hoping his side can pick up a decent run of results soon or else his he may end up on the chopping block.
PRO: A favourable upcoming fixture list
Aside from perhaps the long trip to Bournemouth in two weeks, the Terriers have a set of winnable fixtures coming up.
Cardiff away doesn’t look too difficult on the face of it, and back-to-back home encounters against Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday could be just what Corberan needs to get his team back to winning ways.
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And after facing the Cherries, Huddersfield travel to Coventry City, who have notched a few decent results as of late but it’s still a winnable match.
CON: Lack of depth out wide
Corberan has brought Adama Diakhaby and Isaac Mbenza back in from the cold to start games for Huddersfield in recent weeks, but they haven’t really provided that cutting edge.
Their wide options are sparse, with Josh Koroma being the stand-out attacker this season, but it’s an area that Corberan will be looking to add to in the upcoming January transfer window, with Rolando Aarons potentially joining from Newcastle United.