Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Season Preview 2012/13: Huddersfield Town

Season Preview 2012/13: Huddersfield Town
AFTER SEVERAL yeas of coming agonizing close, the 2011-12 season finally saw Huddersfield Town reach the promised land of the Championship.

Talented young manager Lee Clark lost his job during the course of the season but former Leeds United and Blackpool manager Simon Grayson was on hand to pick up the pieces and guide the Terriers up through the Play-Off's.

Much of Town's success this season will depend on how last season's 38-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes adapts to life in the second-tier. Prolific in League One, the former Ipswich Town forward has never played regular second-tier football.

Strengths: A good balance between youth and experience.

Like any successful side, Huddersfield have struck the balance just right between hungry young players and experienced campaigners who will guide the youngsters through the club's first season back at this level.

The summer signings have continued to reflect that trend with experienced Championship pro's Keith Southern and Joel Lynch signing alongside prospects such as Oliver Norwood and Paul Dixon.

Weakness': Too many draws.

With just seven losses last season - better than both automatically promoted clubs, Huddersfield's 18 draws in the league let them down. If they had have converted a few of those one-pointers into three point hauls, they'd have gone up automatically. They will need to make sure not to make the same mistakes twice in order to stay up.

Best business so far: Persuading former Leeds United midfielder Adam Clayton to sign.

The former Manchester City trainee had two excellent seasons at Elland Road after former boss Grayson signed him, however he was clearly not Neil Warnock's cup of tea and was transfer listed at the end of the season.

The 23 year-old made 48 appearances during his two years at Elland Road, scoring six goals from the centre of the park. Aggressive and creative, the Manchester-born midfielder should walk into the Terriers' midfield.

Star man: Rhodes - who else?

The forward is highly sought-after and could well depart the Galpharm before the season starts, but after 71 goals in 122 appearances for the Yorkshire outfit, it's hardly surprising. Let go by Ipswich in 2009, Rhodes will go down as one of the best pieces of business in the club's recent history.

In: Sean Scannell (Crystal Palace) undisc, Paul Dixon (Dundee United) free, Oliver Norwood (Manchester United) undisc, Adam Clayton (Leeds United) undsic, Joel Lynch (Nottingham Forest) undisc & Keith Southern (Blackpool) undisc.

Out: Greg Pearson & Simon Thomas (both released), Gary Roberts (Swindon Town) free, Danny Cadamarteri (Dundee United) free, Tommy Miller (Swindon Town) free, Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) free, Aiden Chippendale (Accrington Stanley) free & Gary Naysmith (Aberdeen) free.

Prediction:

wfc123:
I don't think any of the promoted sides will do as well as last year, but Huddersfield should stay up, if not kick on higher, especially if they keep hold of Rhodes. Grayson knows how the make the transition from League One to the Championship and that's crucial.

chrisgwfc: Have a feeling they will do best out of all the promoted clubs. Managed to keep hold of Rhodes so far and have other excellent young players like Smithies, Hunt and Ward. Been very impressive in the transfer market too picking up experienced Championship players Keith Southern, Sean Scannell, Adam Clayton and Joel Lynch. Possible top half finish.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Monday August 6 2012
Time: 9:21AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
I think it depends on if they can hold on to Rhodes & if they do how he plays in a high league.. If he can score like last season they have got a chance... Forwards are the key in this league...
watford1881
07/08/2012 16:59:00
0
Signed Anthony Gerrard today; building lots of solid Championship experience.
wfc123
07/08/2012 19:07:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Silva Cites Watford Ambition

New head coach Marco Silva has said that the ambitions of Watford attracted him to the role as he signed on for the next two years.

Watford Appoint Marco Silva

Watford today appointed former Hull City manager Marco Silva to the position as manager.

Watford Hold Silva Talks?

With Hull City head coach Marco Silva resigning earlier in the week, Watford were initially one of the clubs linked with him.

A Watford perspective - Head Coach Hunt

With the club looking for it`s ninth head coach since the Pozzo family took over in 2012. It would seem to be a poison chalice for most potential head coaches.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Manchester City MotM
Suggested By:
Gomes24%
Janmaat0%
Behrami0%
Holebas3%
Amrabat0%
Cleverley0%
Doucoure0%
Capoue3%
Mason48%
Niang0%
Okaka16%
Sub - Eleftheriou0%
Sub - Deeney3%
Sub - Pereira3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.mikedrury1
2.Gary Pine1
Write for Vital Football