Following their dismal relegation from the Premier League last season, it seems as though Huddersfield Town are already looking to make moves in the summer transfer window in order to build a squad capable of competing in the second tier again next season.
The latest name to be linked with a move to The John Smith’s Stadium is Yoann Barbet, with The Examiner reporting that the French defender is on the radar of the Terriers.
Barbet is available on a free transfer having turned down a new deal at Brentford following the expiration of his contract with the club at the end of the season.
The 26-year-old would fit Huddersfield’s bill for new signings, having gained plenty of experience in the Championship since joining Brentford from French side Niort in 2015.
But what exactly would Barbet bring to the John Smith’s Stadium? Here, Football League World puts him in the spot light to find out more.
One thing that it seems Barbet would certainly bring to Huddersfield is a fresh amount of creativity to the squad.
Barbet’s average of 56.2 passes per game was the third highest in Brentford’s squad last season, and inside the top 20 highest averages in the league, while of the Bees squad, only goalkeepers Luke Daniels and Daniel Bentley averaged more long balls per game than Barbet.
A pass success rate of 75% also suggests that Barbet is a generally reliable player when it comes to carrying out this role.
Barbet’s record when it comes to both clearances and tackles also appears fairly reliable, and given that only Fulham conceded more goals than Huddersfield last season, you feel that that too would make him a welcome addition to The Terriers’ squad.
It will be a big task for Huddersfield to bounce back from what was a catastrophic year last season, but you feel that bringing someone with the sort of experience that Barbet has at this level, would be part of a promising beginning to that rebuilding process.