For a newly relegated Championship side, Huddersfield Town haven’t enjoyed a great start to life back in England’s second tier.
The start to the season will serve as a cruel reminder to just how difficult and unforgiving the league can be.
Without a win in their first three fixtures of the 19/20 campaign, here are three things we have learnt about them so far in the Championship…
Short of goals
Huddersfield are yet to score a goal from open play this season. They have scored two Championship goals that both went to Karlan Grant… both from the penalty spot.
Against Derby County and Queens Park Rangers, the side failed to pose a real threat from open play. In the latter, they only managed 36% possession and just short of 200 fewer passes than their opposition with a success rate of 69%.
Having spent two seasons in the Premier League and becoming accustomed to being out of possession and chasing the game, Huddersfield now have to adapt back to controlling the possession and being more creative… a task that may now seem even more difficult after the departure of Aaron Mooy.
Defensive work needed
After three games, the Terriers are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Manager Jan Siewert remained loyal to the same defence that fell victim to a Tom Lawrence brace against Derby and wasn’t rewarded as his team drew 1-1 with QPR at Loftus Road.
Then, for the first round of the EFL Cup, Siewert fielded an entirely new defence that fell victim to a 1-0 defeat from lower league opposition Lincoln City.
Siewert has claimed that all three of the goals were avoidable and all came because of a lapse in concentration. The side will have to iron out these creases if they are to challenge for a quick return back to the Premier League.
No time for panic yet though
It seems like Derby and QPR played Huddersfield at exactly the right time. The Terriers still have the likes of Fraizer Campbell, Trevoh Chalobah, Steve Mounie and Rajiv van La Parra to get back to first-team action.
The latter two made substitute appearances in the EFL Cup defeat to Lincoln and are expected to make a return for their upcoming league match against Fulham.
Arriving from Chelsea on a loan deal, Chalobah started the EFL Cup fixture and will surely bring some defensive structure as the season progresses.
In conclusion, Huddersfield’s team will look vastly different in a couple of weeks than it did against Derby on the opening day. It would be dangerous for teams to take their opening couple of weeks at face value.