Huddersfield Town are seeing a resurgence since the Cowley brothers have been appointed having won twice in a week before the international break.
Before appointing Danny, and brother Nicky, Cowley, Huddersfield were freefalling towards League One having spent their last campaign in the Premier League. Something needed to change with many Town fans fearing the worst.
Alongside bringing confidence back to a team devoid of any, Cowley has managed to get performances out of players that were seemingly cast out, by either repurposing or given chance to flourish in a new system with new ideas.
Here, we take a look at three Huddersfield players who will be key to continuing the Cowley revival…
The Terriers’ turnaround in fortune sparked away at Stoke where they claimed a late 1-0 win in a match that lacked any real quality throughout from either side. The winner came from substitute, Bacuna, who made a powerful run into the box before slammed a shot into the roof of the net in front of the away fans.
The impact Bacuna had from the bench is something Huddersfield needed, a willingness to take risks and be expressive in their attack. This followed on into their game at the weekend at home to Hull, where Bacuna, again, started as a sub. After the interval, the game burst into life for Town when Bacuna was introduced and immediately provided an assist for Karlan Grant before scoring a powerful goal himself.
Town went on to record a comfortable 3-0 win against a Hull side not shy of scoring goals themselves, which bodes well for the future.
Huddersfield signed Karlan Grant in January 2019 from Charlton for a fee of around £1.5Million and has since become the first-choice striker. In the Premier League, Grant netted four goals in 13 games, a good record considering the form Huddersfield were in. Upon relegation, it was clear to see Grant would relish in the Championship if given the opportunity and service.
Since the beginning of the season, Grant has scored six goals in 10 games and is joint-third top-scorer in the league. Why he is key to Town’s revival is that if they are to keep up their form going into the tricky winter fixtures, they need a striker firing on all cylinders to give them a chance in every game.
Before the Cowleys came in, O’Brien had to be patient to wait for opportunities having only made two appearances this season before the new appointment. Upon the Cowleys’ arrival, O’Brien has been an ever-present providing energy to a midfield struggling to take control of games for a long time.
The game against Hull was a prime example of this, providing energy and impetus to the home side in a game that could have easily gone either way before Grant’s goal. O’Brien’s driving run and great low cross to Kachunga clinched the game for Town and gave them some very good foundations to build on over the international break.
While O’Brien is still young and seemingly coming of age this season, he is giving this team a lot of balance with his energy and complementing the attackers very well.