With the January transfer window looming, we take a look at why Huddersfield Town should and shouldn’t sell forward Nahki Wells.
When Wells first arrived in Huddersfield, he made an immediate impact for his new club. Coming on as a substitute less than 24 hours after signing, he scored the winning goal in the final minute against Millwall.
With the strike, the 26-year old became an immediate favorite among the Terriers’ faithful. After leading the team in scoring the past two seasons, his status with the fans has only grown.
However, as is often (always?) the case, nothing good can last forever. As recently reported by The Telegraph‘s John Percy, Wells rejected a new contract during the close season, which would have made him Huddersfield Town’s highest-paid player.
As a result, speculation is rampant about what will happen to the forward in the New Year? With this in mind, we make the case for and against selling him in the January transfer window.
Why Huddersfield should sell Wells:
When Huddersfield signed the Bermuda international in January 2014, he cost a then club-record £1.3 million. With a rumoured asking price of £8 million, there is a growing sentiment the Terriers should sell him if someone meets their valuation.
Another factor to consider is that with Wells rejecting a lucrative new deal, he’s pretty much saying he wants to move on. Is it really worth keeping someone who no longer wants to play for you?
You could even argue this desire to leave has been reflected in the former Bradford City player’s performances on the field. With just three goals in 18 league games, the perception is he is no longer as motivated.
In this respect, the club and the fans alike may be eager to cash in on Wells, effectively making a £6.7 million profit on their initial investment. Certainly, this is money which could then go towards strengthening the team for their challenge during the second half of the season.
Why Huddersfield should keep Wells:
As much as the players arguably have too much control these days, the fact remains that Wells is under contract until the end of next season. As such, the case for keeping him — at least until the end of the 2016-17 campaign — is an intriguing one.
Even though the striker has struggled so far this season, he’s still the same player who led the club in scoring the last two seasons. Yes, he might become frustrated if he has to stay past January, but he will still be in the shop window, effectively auditioning to show other teams what he could do for them.
Further, if Wells can return to his old form, it could help breathe new life into the Terriers’ push for promotion. This becomes more feasible, when you consider the team as a whole is better than last season.
As a final point, the potential £6.7 million profit is a drop in the ocean compared to how much Huddersfield could get if they do go up. Hull City’s promotion last season was valued at £110 million (and it would be even higher, if they didn’t have to forgo parachute payments following relegation from the Premier League the year before).
Overall, it is in the best interests of Huddersfield to keep hold of Wells in January, to help with their promotion push. With the likes of Norwich City, Fulham and Bristol City rumoured to be interested, why sell him to one of your fellow contenders?
If the worst comes to the worst, the Terriers can still cash in on the goalscorer after the season, with one-year remaining on his current contract. No matter what happens between now and then, teams will still be interested in him.
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Okay, now it’s your turn – what would you do with Wells in January? Would you cash in or keep him for the rest of this season, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.