With each passing week, Huddersfield Town’s relegation from the Premier League looks ever more certain. Whilst it’s not yet mathematically impossible for the Terriers to avoid the drop, Jan Siewert’s side are rooted to the bottom of the table, twelve points off safety with only nine games left to play.
It’s been a tough campaign at the John Smith’s Stadium, though there have been one or two bright sparks for the Yorkshire club, not least the performances of Philip Billing. However, it looks as though Huddersfield may soon be without the 22-year-old midfielder too.
As reported by the Press Association, and quoted by Yahoo, the 6’4” Dane has admitted that rival clubs may well try and sign him this summer. The No. 8 said: “Of course clubs will be interested…Whatever happens in the summer or next season, I don’t know. Anything can happen. We might go down, I might stay, I might leave, who knows?”
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Clearly, then, the former Denmark under-21 international hasn’t closed the door on leaving Huddersfield.
His form this season has certainly been deserving of a second chance in the top flight should the Terriers go down, and considering he has a Transfermarkt valuation of just £6.3 million and has less than two years left on his current contract, he wouldn’t be too difficult for another Premier League club to prise away from the John Smith’s Stadium in the transfer window.
It would be a blow for Siewert to see the academy graduate go, but the German manager must already be seeking potential replacement options.
The powerful midfielder would leave a big hole in the Huddersfield squad. His physicality, pace and aerial prowess make him such an effective force in the middle of park. On top of that, Billing is also very technically gifted, can create goalscoring opportunities, and has a good shot from range. Finding a player that combines all those attributes won’t be easy.
Instead, Siewert may have to take the decision to replicate Billing’s contribution in the form of more than one replacement player. Whatever solution he finds though, it is vital that Huddersfield effectively replace Billing this summer should they lose him.