Huddersfield Town will continue to keep a close eye on the transfer market following Juninho Bacuna’s move to Rangers.
It was confirmed last night that Bacuna had left the John Smith’s Stadium, linking up with Rangers on a permanent contract.
Football League World understands that Huddersfield have received a ‘hefty’ fee for the service of the 24-year-old, having triggered a 12-month extension on his contract earlier in the summer.
Despite that, Carlos Corberan continued to not consider the midfielder for selection due to the ongoing doubt surrounding his future. The Huddersfield head coach confirmed that the club’s focus on the transfer window hasn’t altered despite finalising that sale.
Corberan explained to the media: “The situation doesn’t change a lot. We need to continue being focused on the market, knowing that Bacuna was always an option to move on.
“We knew from the beginning that he wouldn’t be with the team. We knew this and we continued watching the market in the same way, seeing how we can improve and strengthen the team.
“We continue analysing the options that we have in the market.”
Bacuna featured on 43 occasions for Huddersfield last season, providing plenty of drive and creativity from the attacking midfield position. He scored five goals and registered four assists, playing consistently under Corberan.
A big focus of Corberan’s this summer has been strengthening a defence that conceded 71 goals in the Championship last season. He’s happy with the work they club have done there, but revealed the offensive part of his side is where the club will be looking to strengthen.
When asked about the prospect of an attacking midfielder to replace Bacuna, he continued: “It’s one of the options we are watching. We need to be watching what are the positions we need to strengthen the team.
“For me, right now, the team has an unbelievable line of defenders. In every position across a back-four we have two players that are very good alternatives. The improvement (of options) across the defence was unbelievable because all of them could play without a high level of difference.
“In (Jonathan) Hogg and (Alex) Vallejo we have to options in holding midfield. The backline of the team is fixed and ready for me to compete.
“The other part of the team (offensively) is where we are going to see what options we have.”