Whilst they aren’t yet relegated in mathematical terms, Huddersfield Town’s prospects of Premier League survival are grim. The Terriers are currently rooted to the foot of the table and are 13 points off of safety with just nine games to go.
Manager Jan Siewert and the club hierarchy at the John Smith’s Stadium should already be planning for life back in the Championship. However, a few of their players probably deserve to avoid the drop, even if the Yorkshire club won’t. Amongst those standout stars is Aaron Mooy, who his compatriot Bruce Djite believes is too good to return to the second tier.
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Speaking on the Fox Football Podcast, the 31-year-old former Australia international said “he’s been there, he’s done that, he had a fantastic season in the Championship playing for Huddersfield in previous seasons, so I think he makes a move. It’s time for him to start looking, if he hasn’t already. Does he stay in England? Can he get another Premier League gig? I think he’s good enough, but there are a lot of moving parts…He’s definitely too much of a talent to go back to the Championship.”
Mooy has certainly been one of the Terriers’ best in the Premier League, especially last season. Since Huddersfield’s promotion, the 28-year-old midfielder has scored six goals and managed three assists. On paper, those stats are hardly exceptional, but in the context of the situation at Huddersfield they’re far more flattering.
Djite is right, the 39-cap Australia international certainly deserves to remain in the top flight. Given he only has a £12.6 million Transfermarkt valuation, there are plenty of Premier League clubs who can afford to offer him a top flight lifeline.