Huddersfield Town will be preparing for life back in the Championship this season, after they were relegated from the Premier League.
Jan Siewert has kept together the majority of the first-team squad, and he’ll be hoping that they can hit the ground running back in the second tier of English football.
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Alex Pritchard’s statistics from last year’s campaign in the Premier League, and see whether he could be the man to lead the Terriers back into the top-flight this season.
It’s certainly going to be a tough ask for Huddersfield to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, with the Championship being fiercely competitive next term.
But Jan Siewert has got players in his squad that can cause problems to the opposition, with Pritchard being one of them.
The attacking midfielder made 30 appearances for the Terriers last season, which totalled to 2220 minutes of action in total in the top-flight.
His statistics don’t make for the best of reading in terms of contributions to goals, with the former Norwich man only scoring twice last term.
This will be a slight concern for supporters, but you have to take into consideration that Huddersfield spent most of their games on the back foot against teams who had more quality than them.
This is clear to see through Pritchard’s statistics on his dribbles made during the season, which totalled to 113 across last year’s campaign.
With a dribble success rate of just 53.1%, it doesn’t make the best of reading, that’s for sure.
But he’s going to see a lot more of the ball this coming season, with the Terriers likely to be dominating more games, when they come up against teams with considerably less quality than what they were facing last term.
One statistic that is impressive for Pritchard based off of last year’s campaign is his passing, with the midfielder attempting a total of 909 passes in the Premier League.
This shows that he’s got confidence on the ball, and with a pass success rate of 74.8%, it’s clear to see that his passing ability is one of his main strengths heading into the new season in the Championship.
The 26-year-old has been used as a left winger for much of pre-season and he’ll be hoping that his pass success rate can continue to be a strong attribute of his heading into the new season.
Pritchard and his Huddersfield team-mates start the season with a tricky test against Derby County, who could still be struggling for confidence after their play-off final defeat to Aston Villa earlier this year.
The attacking midfielder will be hoping to cause Phillip Cocu’s side problems on the day, and if he can build on some impressive performances in last year’s campaign, then he’ll be a key player for Huddersfield in their bid to make an immediate return to the Premier League.