As Huddersfield Town attempt to get their season back on track, we look at three keys which will help decide the outcome against Bristol City.
There’s no denying this is the most crucial point of Huddersfield’s season so far. With just one win in their last eight league games, and none in their previous five, things are getting desperate.
A a result of this recent form, the Terriers have slipped out of the top six. Yes, there’s encouragement in how they’ve played in the last three games, but they need to start converting their possession and chances into more points.
Next up is a Bristol City side which has similarly faltered of late, after an encouraging start to the 2016-17 campaign. We consider three key factors, which will help decide the final result at John Smith’s Stadium.
1) Tammy Abraham
The number one threat to Town’s chances of getting something from this game, is Tammy Abraham. He leads Bristol City with nine goals, good enough for fourth-most in the Championship.
On loan from Chelsea, Abraham also has three strikes in the league cup, giving him 12 total goals in 22 appearances. However, there may be some hope for Huddersfield, with him cooling down considerably, after scoring 10 times in his first 12 games.
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson even admits the pressure is starting to get to the 19-year old. Regardless, the forward is still getting the chances and Huddersfield will have to work hard not to help him get his confidence back, which leads us to the second key…
2) Huddersfield’s shaky defence
Understandably, stopping the opposition scoring could be considered one of the most obvious keys. However, that doesn’t make it any less important for Huddersfield.
Consider that in the first 13 games of this season, David Wagner’s men had allowed just nine goals. However, since then, they’ve conceded 15 in seven.
What has particular concerned Wagner and the fans, is the amount of mental mistakes the team are now making, both individually and as a team. The absence of Mark Hudson with a hamstring injury doesn’t help, although right back Tommy Smith returns after a one-match suspension.
3) Where is the real Nahki Wells?
With Huddersfield’s improved performances this season, you figure one player who would benefit most, would be Nahki Wells. After all, he led the team in scoring during the two previous campaigns.
However, that hasn’t quite been the case, with the 26-year old scoring just three goals so far this season, in 18 appearances. It’s possible he isn’t quite as motivated these days, after rejecting a lucrative new deal, thus alluding to the fact he wants to leave.
There’s every chance Wells will move on in the January transfer window, although in theory, the Terriers have control of him until the end of next season. Either way, he needs to start turning it on to benefit his current team, while also showing potential future employers he isn’t losing his touch in front of goal.
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