Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley has revealed that he started Adama Diakhaby in his side’s 3-0 win at home to Hull City on Saturday, because of the winger’s performances from the bench in his side’s recent fixtures.
Diakhaby came into the side to replace Fraizer Campbell – who had been due to face his old club – with that alteration then being reversed 13 minutes from time during Saturday’s win.
The decision to start Diakhaby however, is one that certainly seemed to pay-off for Cowley, with the Frenchman setting up Juninho Bacuna for the Terriers’ second goal of the game, before receiving a standing ovation as he left the field to be replaced by Campbell as the game entered its final stages.
Speaking after the match about that call to go with Diakhaby from the start, Cowley told The Examiner: “But Adama has impacted the team so well from the bench in the last couple of games, and he is too good a player just to be a game changer (substitute).
“So we just felt it was the right moment for him, and he proved to be a real threat, playing with an athleticism, and he gave their left-back a real problem.”
It also seems as though there were some concerns around Campbell’s fitness that impacted on Cowley’s selection on Saturday, as The Terriers boss explained: “Fraizer had a really late fitness test before the match, he hadn’t been on the grass since Stoke and he wasn’t available to us to start.”
Following the win, Huddersfield have now climbed to 21st in the Championship standings, marking the first time they have been out of the relegation zone since the second week of the season.
Given how the game played out on Saturday, you can’t really argue with Cowley’s decision making here.
Diakhaby was evidently impressive during the win, and it does seem as though he may have given Cowley something to think about selection wise going forward.
Considering the troubles Huddersfield have faced recently however, a selection headache such as this one will surely be welcomed by plenty around the club.
It may have been a slow start under their new manager, but with two wins from two now under Cowley, it does seem as though Huddersfield are finally showing signs that they could be moving in the right direction once again.