Huddersfield Town’s attempts to strengthen their forward line have reportedly seen them linked with a move for Danny Ward, but how realistic is it to expect him to return to West Yorkshire?
It was all looking so good for Huddersfield Town at the start of October. Fresh off beating Ipswich Town 1-0, they were sitting proudly at the top of the Championship.
However, things have gone ‘slightly’ awry since then, with five defeats and a mere four overall points in seven games. This recent slump was epitomized with Monday’s loss to lowly Wigan Athletic.
As the 2-1 defeat to the Latics showed, Huddersfield has struggled to find the back of the net, despite creating more than enough chances. In fact, with just 20 goals in 18 games, they are tied for 11th in the top half of the table – hardly the form you need, if you’re going to sustain a challenge for promotion.
As such, manager David Wagner is already considering reinforcements in the January transfer window, to boost his flagging attack. Terriers’ fans will be intrigued to discover this apparently means inquiring about one of their former players.
According to a report from Alan Nixon of The Scottish Sun, Wagner is interested in bringing Danny Ward back to the club. Ward previously played for Huddersfield between 2011-15, before joining Rotherham United.
Fans may be wondering how a player who only scored 19 goals in 124 league appearances for Huddersfield, will help the team? However, Ward — who has always had the potential — is off to an excellent start to the campaign, and is on course to have his best season yet as a pro.
The 25-year old has eight goals so far in the 2016-17 campaign, good enough for sixth in the Championship. This becomes even more impressive, when you consider what little support he is getting from a truly awful Rotherham team.
Ward has also proved to be fairly efficient with his shots, getting 56 percent of them on target – something Huddersfield could definitely use. In addition, his versatility means he can play on the wing if need be.
Nixon writes that Huddersfield will be looking to sign the Bradford native on loan, when the transfer window opens. In the meantime, Terriers’ fans will be hoping their team can recover from their recent slump, and remain in or around the top six.
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Do you think Ward is the answer to bolstering the Terriers’ flagging forward line? Further, how realistic are the chances of him returning to Huddersfield? Let us know in the comments section below.