FIVE-POINT PLAN

Australian Four Four Two - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

1 KEEP THE TERRIERS’ UN­DER­DOG SPIRIT

Clothes make the man, and David Wag­ner’s be­lief in the im­por­tance of a ter­rier-like men­tal­ity – of a small dog with lots of fight – has trans­ferred to the play­ers’ gar­ments: Hud­der­s­field will wear the afore­men­tioned pooch on their shirts this sea­son in place of their club crest. The mes­sage is sim­ple. This is a club that took points off top dogs Manch­ester City, Manch­ester United and Chelsea last time out – they must main­tain that fear­less mind­set.

2 MAX­IMISE MO­MEN­TUM OF MAIN MAN MOO Y

Step one: do not sell Aaron Mooy to any of the clubs linked with the Aus­tralian mid­fielder, in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to West Ham, Southamp­ton and Ever­ton. Step two: pass the ball to Aaron Mooy when­ever pos­si­ble. Step three: con­tinue to re­peat step two.

3 GET CREATIVE OR GET OUT

The club’s 2017-18 player of the year Christo­pher Schindler (left) mar­shalled a su­perb de­fence last sea­son. How­ever, Ince, Van La Parra and Kachunga were all un­der­whelm­ing fur­ther for­ward; Ince played 1,527 min­utes be­fore con­tribut­ing di­rectly to a goal. It’s make-or-break time for this group – if they don’t start cre­at­ing more con­sis­tently, up­grade. At least Jan­uary sign­ing Alex Pritchard had a good start.

4 SIGN A MID­FIELD BA TTLER

The Terriers need Mooy to feel that he has free­dom to con­trib­ute to at­tacks, so while he’s play­ing in the ‘2’ of a 4-2-3-1 for a team who are of­ten on the back foot, he needs a very re­li­able de­fen­sive mid­fielder along­side him. Jonathan Hogg raised his game fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion but laboured near the sea­son’s end, and nei­ther Phillip Billing nor Danny Wil­liams look ca­pa­ble of fill­ing the ‘cut-price Kante’ role.

5 DE­VELOP A PLAN B

Hud­der­s­field will no longer have the el­e­ment of sur­prise to their ben­e­fit in 2018-19 and there is a worry that there isn’t a Plan B. Some tac­ti­cal flex­i­bil­ity would be use­ful, and it’s thought that Wag­ner may kick off the new cam­paign with the back three that ap­peared at times last sea­son.

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