It’s probably fair to say that the final few days of the summer transfer window did not exactly go as those associated with Huddersfield Town would have wanted.
While centre back Terrence Kongolo’s return to Fulham having been on loan there last season may well be disappointing given the Dutchman seeming has the ability to still be backed as a Premier League player, it could still be argued that business done – or not done – in other positions will be far more signinficant for the Terriers going forward.
Having been linked with a move away pretty much all summer, it was probably no surprise to see Karlan Grant get his move to West Brom, although the fact it was likely inevitable, does not make that the loss of last season’s top-scorer – whose 19 league goals were vital to the Terriers avoiding a second-straight relegation – any less disappointing.
That of course, will be made even worse by the fact that Huddersfield failed to bring in a replacement for Grant, although it seems that it was not for the lack of trying.
Since the window closed, reports have revealed that the Terriers missed out on a deal for Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons, after submitting the required paperwork for the deal two minutes after the deadline had passed.
Now it seems as though that is something that Huddersfield will not be moving on from all that quickly, with Terriers chairman Phil Hodgkinson confirming in the aftermath of the close of the window, that rather than explore the free agent market, the club will bide their time before making a fresh move for Aarons when the window reopens in January.
But while the commitment to the deal can therefore not be questioned, you have to wonder whether biding their time for Aarons, is really the best approach for Huddersfield to take.
There are still around ten weeks to go until the January transfer window reopens, by which time Huddersfield will have played 17 more league matches this season.
That is something which will take them almost to the half-way point of their campaign, meaning by that time the direction of their season could already have been decided, and in spite of an impressive win at Swansea on Saturday, you have to feel that the loss of Grant’s goals would eventually take its toll over the course of that run of games, potentially leaving the Terriers looking over their shoulders yet again.
As a result, you have to wonder whether it could be worth the club looking into the attacking market for an alternative attacking outlet to Aarons to cope with the absence of Grant, and while there is no guarantee a free agent will provide that, having that extra attacking option there will provide more of a chance of success, than not.
Of course, Huddersfield have only shown they are willing to play the free agent market this season, bringing in holding midfielder Alex Vallejo over the weekend, so it would not be completely out of habit to do that.
Indeed, it is also worth noting that there is no guarantee that Huddersfield will get Aarons in January either.
In a hectic season such as this, injuries and suspensions are bound to have an effect, and that could see other clubs turn their attentions to Aarons, potentially prompting a bidding war that there is no certainty Huddersfield would win, and even then, you have to wonder if the winger would have the desired, and likely required, impact at The John Smith’s Stadium.
Given he was seemingly the Terriers’ main attacking target towards the end of the window, you have to feel that Aarons would effectively be the man coming in to replace Grant.
But with just four goals and two assists in 43 appearances in all competitions during loan spells with Slovan Liberec, Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe and Motherwell across the last two seasons, the stats seem to suggest that Aarons may not be the most suitable man for the job.
You feel therefore, that if Huddersfield are to wait until January to replace the man who did so much to keep them in the division last season, they may be better suited biding their time and assessing some of the other options available to them at other clubs, rather than already putting all their eggs in one basket with Aarons.
If they don’t, then the possibility remains that for one reason or another, the club could find themselves in a not all that dissimilar position to the one they have faced over the past week or so for one reason or another, and all that good work Grant did for them last season, could quickly be undone.