Huddersfield Town travel to Derby County on Saturday looking to recover from the 3-0 defeat they suffered at home to Cardiff City in midweek.
That defeat means the Terriers have now lost three of their last four league games, which has left them still somewhat looking over their shoulders towards the relegation zone heading into the weekend – and Cowley will be hoping to see a reaction from his side to the performance against Cardiff.
Against Cardiff, Huddersfield struggled to make any real impression in the final third, and were guilty of giving away some poor goals from a defensive point of view, which could leave Cowley to consider making a few alterations to his side for the trip to Derby.
Here then, we take a look at THREE changes Cowley should be considering ahead of Huddersfield’s clash with Derby…
Bringing Karlan Grant back into the side
Karlan Grant has missed Huddersfield’s last two matches against Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff having suffered a rib injury, and the 22-year-old’s presence in the final third was a real miss for the Terriers in mid-week, as they struggled to really threaten Cardiff’s defence.
Cowley has confirmed that Grant could once again be available for the Terriers for their trip to Derby on Saturday, and if the forward is fit enough to be included in the starting line-up, then the Huddersfield manager could be needing to bring him straight back in from the start.
That could mean that Juninho Bacuna drops out of the starting line-up, having filled in for Grant during the last two matches, with the versatile 22-year-old occupying a position further up the field than he would do normally, and that should help the Terriers pose more of an attacking threat against Derby.
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Bringing in Chris Willock for Elias Kachunga
Another change that Cowley could make to the side against Derby to add some creativity for the Terriers going forwards, is bringing Chris Willock into the starting line-up, with the winger, who was signed on loan from Benfica in January, having the ability to add some pace and trickery down the right-hand side.
That would mean dropping Kachunga to the bench, and it could prove to be a sensible decision to give the forward a rest, given he was criticised for his performance in the defeat against Cardiff in midweek, with the 27-year-old having struggled to make much of an impact this season having only scored twice in 28 appearances.
Willock is likely to be highly motivated to make the most of any chance to come into the starting line-up against Derby, with the winger having failed to force his way into the first team at West Bromwich Albion during a loan spell with the Baggies during the first half of the campaign.
Handing Andy King a chance from the start
Cowley should also be considering bringing Andy King into the starting line-up alongside the impressive Lewis O’Brien, with the midfielder having come off the bench for final half an hour during the midweek defeat against Cardiff.
King has shown some encouraging signs with his performances form the bench over the last few weeks, and the Leicester City loanee would be able to offer plenty of experience for the Terriers at the base of midfield, while he also has the potential of making late runs into the box to add an extra attacking threat into the penalty area.
The 31-year-old has had to bide his time in terms of getting into the starting line-up, but following the poor performance against Cardiff the time could be right for Cowley to hand him the chance to impress from the start, and see if he can make a positive impact for the Terriers.