This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Fan’s Voice’ series, where we gather original opinions from those closest to the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
It’s not been an easy start to life at the John Smith’s Stadium for Richard Keogh with Huddersfield Town yet to win since he joined the club in January.
The Championship veteran had been plying his trade with League One side MK Dons since recovering from injury and leaving Derby County but returned to the second tier last month by joining the Terriers on a permanent deal that lasts until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Keogh’s arrival hasn’t helped Carlos Corberan’s side find their first win of 2021, in fact, they’ve taken just two points from the six games since he joined – with the central defender starting all six.
With the Terriers now down to 19th in the Championship, this is a worrying period for the Yorkshire club, but how has their January signing fared?
FLW’s Huddersfield Town fan pundit, Graeme Rayner, has shared his thoughts on Keogh and the decision to bring him to the club in the previous window.
He said: “I’m quite ambivalent about Keogh. He’s no longer Championship standard and I felt we should have spent more wisely in January – we have four ageing centre-halves now – Keogh, Richard Stearman, Tommy Elphick, and Christopher Schindler.
“We really ought to be looking at a mid-20s defender who can lead the backline for four or five years and work with our young prospects – we have good options coming through. Keogh isn’t great but he’s what we have to work with for now.”
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Keogh has hardly been pulling up trees since he returned to the Championship and in that sense, what Graeme highlights here is bang on.
The experienced centre-back has neither proven an outstanding acquisition nor a liability but he ranks outside the top 10 in the squad in most defensive categories (such as tackles, interceptions, and clearances per game (Whoscored)), which illustrates that he is a little out of his depth.
In possession, his stats are much more agreeable – ranking second-highest in the squad in terms of average passes per game and sixth-highest in terms of pass success – and that is likely part of the reason why Huddersfield signed him in January.
He doesn’t look like the player that’ll inspire the Terriers to turn things around but he may just be a functional stopgap until the end of the season when younger reinforcements are needed.