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Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie could be heading out of the John Smith’s Stadium with French Ligue One side Rennes considering a move for the Benin international before the transfer window closes, according to France Football via Eurosport.
The 25-year-old has played 16 times in all competitions this season and was an unused substitute when Danny Cowley’s men drew 0-0 with Brentford last time out, and with Cowley now having landed Arsenal loanee Emile Smith-Rowe to play No 10 in his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, chances for Mounie could become limited.
So should the Terriers look to keep or sell Mounie?
“This could be a real dilemma for the Terriers between now and the end of the transfer window, with Mounie having struggled at times for game time so far this campaign due to the excellent form of Karlan Grant up front, but the striker has delivered some effective performances when called upon.
“Were Rennes to offer a decent fee for the striker then Huddersfield should certainly consider allowing Mounie to leave the club, with the Terriers needing to raise more funds to potentially help them add to their squad either this window or heading into the summer.
“Danny Cowley will be aiming to build his squad over the rest of this window and the summer, and if he feels that the club would be able to replace and cope without Mounie in the long-term then the Terriers might consider selling him before the window shuts.
“However, Huddersfield will be wary that an injury to Grant would leave them needing other options, and although they have Fraizer Campbell back in the side, they could still potentially regret losing the forward were they to sell him and then suffer injury troubles up front.”
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“I think it would be wise of Huddersfield to let Mounie go after not having the greatest of spells at the club since signing.
“Mounie came in during their tough second season in the Premier League and was always going to struggle to hit the ground running, but his form hasn’t picked up in the Championship.
“While it isn’t confirmed how much the Terriers are paying Mounie per week, it’s highly likely they are shifting a decent portion of their wage budget to keep him at the club.
“If Huddersfield can operate without him or bring in some sufficient cover in the coming days, I think that letting Mounie go back to France would be the best option for all parties.”
“This would be quite surprising timing given that Mounie has been receiving much more playing time of late, and Huddersfield have shown signs they can deploy a style of football which suits the Benin international.
“Danny Cowley’s side have benefitted from playing long balls to Mounie in recent weeks, with the striker having netted three goals in his last four starts for the Terriers, and I think they should be looking to keep hold of him this month.
“I would like to see Mounie deployed more regularly by Cowley in the second half of the season, particularly seeing as he can be so useful for the Terriers’ long-ball tactic and he has now proven that he can score goals at this level.
“Mounie provides an unique option for Cowley in Huddersfield’s attack, and I think the Terriers boss should be keeping hold of him until at least the summer given Huddersfield need as much reinforcement as possible during the remainder of the campaign.”