Aaron Mooy has played an integral role in Huddersfield’s excellent start to the season with the Australian international lighting up the Championship from the deeper playmaking position.
When Aaron Mooy arrived on loan from Manchester City, there was a buzz of excitement about a player who had scored eleven times and provided twenty assists from the Number 10 role in Australia’s Hyundai A-League for Melbourne City.
However, Huddersfield’s highly rated coach David Wagner opted to play Aaron Mooy in a deeper more disciplined position coupled with the tireless midfielder Jonathan Hogg to provide a much needed balance to Huddersfield’s midfield.
On the face of it, Aaron Mooy is what you could describe an antonymic footballer.
Although Mooy does not look like the typical footballer or behave in the same way that we have grown used to seeing, most telling is his playing style and mannerisms that makes him such a unique entity.
At first glance, there is a sluggish lethargic aura surrounding him and the way he plays the game but as the game progresses, Mooy’s significance becomes apparent.
The sheer amount of work that Mooy is willing to carry out for the team off the ball, be that as part of a high press or breaking up the opponent’s play is vital for Huddersfield.
It is this work rate and selfless nature that is perfect for David Wagner’s philosophy.
Aaron Mooy’s playing style is difficult to describe as it’s so unusual to watch, it is clear that the emphasis placed by Mooy is on ball retention.
It’s rare to see Aaron Mooy misplace or go for an over-elaborate pass despite having the vision and technical ability to do so.
One of Aaron Mooy’s most impressive abilities is his vision of where he is on the pitch and how close the opponents are to him, this ability is why it’s so rare to see Aaron Mooy caught in possession.
It is also noticeable how much time and space that Aaron Mooy finds himself in even in a compact third of the pitch which shows how intelligent his movement and playing style is.
At times it can be frustrating for Huddersfield fans as Mooy may opt to play a safe pass backwards or sideways than taking the risk playing a pass forwards, but it’s important for David Wagner’s philosophy that he has a midfielder than can dictate the pace and tempo of the match from a deeper position.
This ability to control and manage the game is one of the main reasons why Huddersfield have been capable of winning games by such close margins, as Mooy and his teammates have been able to kill games in the final ten minutes of matches with confident passing and Mooy’s unusual ability to retain possession at all costs.
Although this opinion piece began by describing Aaron Mooy as the antonymic footballer, a more apt name for the Australian playmaker may well be the ‘architect’.
Huddersfield fans, what do you make of Aaron Mooy? What was your first impression of the Australian midfielder? How integral is he to Huddersfield’s success? Were you surprised that Huddersfield was capable of signing someone of his quality even on a temporary basis? Let us hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below!