As a tremendously difficult Premier League campaign begins to draw to a close, Huddersfield Town look set for relegation to the Championship.
The Terriers are rooted to the bottom of the table, 15 points from safety, and can boast just three league wins all season. It has been a disastrous term at the John Smith’s Stadium and things must improve.
Manager Jan Siewert has indicated that the club will set about making those improvements this summer, hinting that a major squad overhaul is on the cards for the Yorkshire club.
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Speaking in his recent press conference, as quoted by Sky Sports, the German coach said: “If you think of how many games we have won since March last year – it is four. This is important to know, and it says something, we have to look at everything.”
He continued: “It’s about having a long-term view of how we can change it – the thing is a work in progress, and we are in good contact [with owner Dean Hoyle]. We have a long-term idea and there will potentially be a lot of changes.”
Lots of changes are certainly needed and the Terriers must strengthen this summer in key areas. Top of the shopping list must be a striker who can be relied upon to be prolific in the Championship. Nothing that Laurent Depoitre or Steve Mounie have shown this season has suggested that they even have what it takes to thrive in the second tier, even if they remain in Yorkshire.
On top of that, Siewert will likely see the likes of Philip Billing and Aaron Mooy poached this summer. That would leave his side bereft of guile, creativity and attacking threat in the middle of the park – not the mention the loss of the former’s physicality and aerial prowess even if he has been questioned by some fans in recent weeks.
These are all attributes that must be replaced, or else the Terriers could find themselves sinking even further than they already have.