Huddersfield Town have had an abysmal start to the season, as they sit in the relegation zone after just five games of the new campaign.
A disappointing start to the season saw the side sack former boss Jan Siewert after the Terriers lost at home to Fulham. Siewert never really got going at Huddersfield and had won just one game since he took over from former boss David Wagner.
One thing that the Terriers need more of is goals. In Karl Ahearne-Grant, they have a very good Championship striker. However, what is lacking is creativity. That part of the game is up to the three midfielders who occupy the positions behind the striker.
On Saturday, the three were Adama Diakhaby, Alex Pritchard and Rajiv van La Parra. All three have shown in different spells of their career that they are competent at creating numerous amounts of chances at Championship level. Diakhaby for Monaco, Pritchard for Norwich and van La Parra when the Terriers last got promotion.
It’s something that Mark Hudson, the caretaker boss, cannot improve without these players getting a confidence boost. Pritchard has looked dangerous, but those killer-passes that he has made during his time at previous club Norwich (statistics further down in source) are just not there.
Huddersfield had 66% possession on Saturday, according to BBC Sport, but could muster only two shots on-target. Perhaps this damning statistic is merely highlighting the tough job that Hudson, or any man who comes in, currently has on his hands.
It is a task that many would shy away from and maybe that’s the reason why the Terriers have failed to announce a new boss yet. It will be interesting to see who they bring in, but it would be wise to go with someone who can play fast-paced attacking football.
Reading through the names mentioned earlier, and adding the likes of Elias Kachunga and Trevoh Chalobah, there is scope for the side to score a large number of goals in this division – or at least create chances. Creativity is key in such a tight league, moments of magic constantly decide even games throughout the season.
Hudson can’t do it on his own, it’s a problem that the creative players must help him solve by having the belief to play their own game. Winning breeds confidence, they need a win. If Hudson can get that all important first win on the weekend, then the week after you might see the Terriers playing with a bit more fluidity and with a bit more bite.
The Terriers travel to Luton on Saturday, knowing that three points could take them out of the relegation zone.