Huddersfield Town’s second season in the Premier League has been the stuff of nightmares. The Terriers are currently stranded at the foot of the table, 16 points from safety with just eight games left to play.
The Yorkshire club have managed just three league wins all season and have only netted 15 times in the Premier League – by far the lowest goal tally of any team in the division.
Optimism is currently thin on the ground at the John Smith’s Stadium. Manager Jan Siewert will continue to believe that his side can pull off a miracle until it is mathematically assured otherwise. Attacker Elias Kachunga, though, already appears to have accepted that Huddersfield are going down.
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In the club’s recent press conference, as quoted by the outfit’s official Twitter account, the 26-year-old forward said: “We have a few games to go…We have to stick together and to try our best…We have to be realistic. We have to just focus on each game, we can’t change anything around us.”
EK: “We have to be realistic.
“We have to just focus on each game, we can’t change anything around us.”#htafc (AT)
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) 14 March 2019
These comments do seem a bit defeatist, and in that sense they’re honest. Huddersfield are beaten – their relegation all but assured. Kachunga’s comments on being realistic, and unable to change what’s around them, is indicative that he is aware that the club are done in the top flight.
This honesty is to be respected. The club have to continue doing their best week in, week out, but really the hierarchy’s focus should already be beginning to shift to next season. The Terriers have plenty of work to do if they’re to thrive in the Championship.
Siewert’s players will be as aware as anyone that the Terriers’ slim hopes of survival have now all but evaporated. Hiding behind platitudes helps no-one at this point.