Huddersfield Town 2017/18

Huddersfield went into last season with one of the smallest budgets in the Championship. Their promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs was, therefore, a remarkable achievement.

Dean Hoyle made an astute appointment when he gave the manager’s job to David Wagner and the trust he has placed in the German paid off handsomely.

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To help steady the ship ahead of their first Premier League campaign, Hoyle has claimed that he will stick with Wagner no matter what this season. Hoyle has proven to be a man of his word but even he may feel like making a change at times over the coming months.

That’s not to say that Wagner is anything other than a top drawer manager. It’s just that the standard of the Premier League is so much higher than anything most people at Huddersfield have dealt with before and that there will be very tough spells that have to be endured.

Hoyle has backed Wagner with funds in the transfer window and the manager has made plenty of moves to strengthen the team.

The Terriers are a significantly stronger side now than they were at the start of last season but with more players promised, Wagner may have a job on his hands to keep his current players happy and assimilate his new signings into the team seamlessly.

There is no surprise that Huddersfield are short odds to get relegated back to the Championship but they’ll take heart from teams like Bournemouth and Burnley who have confounded the odds in recent years and been competitive with the best teams in the country.

Squad List

  • Jonas Lossl
  • Joel Coleman
  • Luke Coddington
  • Tommy Smith
  • Scott Malone
  • Mark Hudson
  • Martin Cranie
  • Chris Lowe
  • Mathias Jorgensen
  • Christopher Schindler
  • Michael Hefele
  • Tareiq Holmes-Dennis
  • Dean Whitehead
  • Johnthan Hogg
  • Philip Billing
  • Aaron Mooy
  • Rajiv van La Parra
  • Jon Stankovic
  • Kasey Palmer
  • Regan Booty
  • Daniel Williams
  • Tom Ince
  • Sean Scannell
  • Elias Kachunga
  • Joe Lolley
  • Laurent Depoitre
  • Nahki Wells
  • Collin Quaner
  • Rekeil Pyke
  • Steve Mounie

Season Predictions

Wagner is the sort of hardworking manager who will have very specific plans for the coming season. He knows that getting off to a fast start, picking up early points and boosting everybody’s confidence will play a big part in whether or not they can avoid the drop.

Unfortunately, he’s still learning about many of his players and any weaknesses will be ruthlessly exposed in the Premier League.

Long term, Huddersfield will be hugely advantaged by this season in the Premier League. However, they may have to follow the examples of Watford and Burnley by making some money and gaining experience among the big boys to give them a real chance of establishing themselves in the top flight in seasons to come.

As their promotion was a surprise, it looks a little too soon for the Terriers to avoid relegation even if they will keep the fight going until the latter stages of the season.

Best Bets for the Season

Huddersfield to be relegated at 8/13 with William Hill

Huddersfield to finish with over 34 points at 11/8 with Bet365

Huddersfield to finish above Burnley at 13/8 with Betfair