Huddersfield Town have seen their fight for survival put on hold for the coming weeks as the EFL postponed all fixtures in the Championship, and it might give them a chance to work on some current issues.
The Terriers entered this season on the back of Premier League relegation and took to the Championship in a very similar manner as they slumped down the table and were immediately plundered into a relegation battle following a poor start.
Danny Cowley was appointed not long after the start of the season as Jan Siewert struggled for results and the former Lincoln City boss hit the ground running by stopping the rot with an impressive unbeaten run.
Injuries and a tough run of results have seen the Terriers fall back into the relegation scrap as we head into the last nine games of the season. The most recent result on their journey to safety was a 2-0 defeat away to local rivals Leeds United, which has put the side under a lot of pressure with only a small amount of games left to play.
The recent EFL postponement has put their survival push on the back burner for at least a few weeks now, which could give them the prime opportunity to bring key players back to full fitness or utilise it to rectify some poor performances.
Here are the three players we believe will most benefit from the layoff at the John Smith’s Stadium…
The attacking midfielder has undoubted talent and Championship pedigree but the Terriers have been unable to fully unlock it this season thanks to a string of injury problems, something that’s been a theme of his career, really.
He has returned to action in recent weeks but the last thing that Cowley should think of doing is rushing him back when he’s not ready, especially when he still has Emile Smith-Rowe in the squad.
At least three weeks now stands in the way of Huddersfield and resuming their survival push, which could be a perfect time slot for him to get back to full fitness and become a regular feature in Cowley’s squad.
Another player who has been no stranger to the treatment table is centre-back Tommy Elphick, who only joined in the summer following the Terriers’ Premier League demise.
A 3-1 defeat away to Preston North End back in November saw Elphick taken off with a season-ending knee injury, but there could be a chance that he makes his long-awaited return before the season actually finishes.
It would be very surprising to see him make an appearance before the season ends, but the three games (and even more potentially) could be just what he needs to get back on the grass to help the Terriers to stay up.
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Despite coming off the bench an awful lot recently, Mounie is still the second-top scorer at the club behind Karlan Grant, as he stands on eight goals so far in the league this term.
There is definitely something that he is showing in training or in his work ethic that Cowley is seeing that means he doesn’t deem him worthy of a starting berth, even with Fraizer Campbell’s lack of goals or impact so far.
Three games off gives Mounie the perfect chance to get his head down in training and prove to the coaching staff that he is the man that should be starting each week and has the goals to fire the Terriers to safety.