Huddersfield Town host Reading FC today in the Championship looking for a third win on the bounce.
Carlos Corberan’s side have overcome a heavy defeat to Fulham earlier in August to respond with wins over Preston North End and Sheffield United, as well as putting in a competitive display against Everton in the League Cup.
There’s been a shift in the mood of supporters as a result of that, with a buzz surrounding Huddersfield ahead of Reading’s visit this afternoon.
For Corberan, one welcome boost is the return of a number of his senior players who missed the start of the season due to isolating.
As you filter through the squad now, there are a number of selection dilemmas for the Spaniard to weigh up.
We run you through a couple of those here:
Sorba Thomas’ role
Thomas’ place in the starting line-up isn’t really in question. He will start, it’s just a matter of Corberan deciding whether to play him as a wing-back or a winger against Reading.
Corberan will be expected to stick with a three-man defence of Matty Pearson, Naby Sarr and Levi Colwill, whilst Harry Toffolo’s return makes him something of an automatic pick on the left.
Thomas could play as a right wing-back, with Ollie Turton dropping to the bench. Alternatively, Turton could play, Corberan could take out a midfielder and play the former Boreham Wood man high on the right in something of a 3-4-3.
What we’ve been seeing from Huddersfield, though, is Thomas playing as a wing-back out of possession, then pushing up into a three-man attack when Town have the ball.
It’s a tactic that’s been working, with Josh Koroma then allowed to pull out onto the left where he’s most threatening.
That might be the order of the day against Reading, with Thomas an attack-minded selection at wing-back ahead of Turton.
Campbell to retain his spot?
Corberan handed Fraizer Campbell his first start of the season in the League Cup against Everton and has been outlining how he feels the 33-year-old is getting back to his peak physical condition.
Danny Ward has been nursing a sore knee and Jordan Rhodes is going to be sidelined long-term. That kind of forces Corberan’s hand a little bit, but Campbell should be starting anyway.
His work out of possession is superb and offers Town a lot more energy in the final third. Campbell also has the ability to bring others into play with intelligent running and, without doubt, he lures the best out of Koroma.
In this flexible wing-back system where Koroma drifts left and Thomas pushes up onto the right, Campbell is key, dropping into the No.10 position and creating space.
He has to start offering a little more goal threat but his place in the side should be nailed on today.