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The Sunday lunchtime clash between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday pits two managers making their debut with their respective clubs, with Danny Cowley taking charge of the Terriers and Garry Monk leading the Owls for the first time.
As Cowley selects his first starting XI of his reign at the John Smith’s Stadium, one option he is probably considering is whether to give attacker Elias Kachunga a league start, with the 27-year-old mainly being used from the bench so far this season.
So should Cowley hand a start to Kachunga against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend?
“I think so. I think they’ll be a few Huddersfield players who haven’t played that much this season who will fancy their chances of starting on Sunday, Kachunga is surely one of them.
“If Cowley is to turn things out around at Huddersfield, he’s got to get the team scoring goals again. Kachunga is a talented player and he scored twelve goals the last time he was in the Championship.
“He may have struggled to replicate that form in the Premier League, but he’s still more than capable of making an impact in the Championship.
“I think he’s got to start at the weekend and he’ll be determined to impress his new manager after his underwhelming start to the season.”
“Whilst Kachunga has illustrate some signs of promise this season, Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley may find it more beneficial to use him as an impact substitute on Saturday rather than starting him.
“Considering that the 27-year-old is predominately a centre-forward, his inclusion will result in Fraizer Campbell dropping to the bench.
“Although the former Hull City man has yet to hit the heights that were expected of him when he joined the Terriers, it could be argued that he offers more of a goal-threat than Kachunga at this level.
“Having fired in 12 goals for the Tigers last season, it may be only a matter of time before Campbell steps up the mark for Huddersfield and thus Cowley must place his trust in him.”
“It’s worth considering.
“Having not started since the defeat to Fulham that eventually saw Siewert sacked, I do think Kachunga will feel as though he has a point to prove when he makes his return to the Terriers starting XI.
“It is worth remembering that Kachunga hit double figures in terms of goals when Huddersfield won promotion from the Championship in the 2016/17 campaign, so that could make him the man to help relieve some of the pressure on Karlan Grant at the head of the Huddersfield attack.
“Cowley is surely going to have to make some changes if he is to get Huddersfield out of their rut, and this is one that he may look to experiment with in order to do that.”