Huddersfield Town are appearing to be really hungry to ensure that they stay adrift of the drop zone in the Premier League in the upcoming campaign. The Terries have shown their inclination to loosen their wallet as they have in all likelihood sealed a move for star midfielder Aaron Mooy for around £10m. And now they have gone ahead and have followed it up by signing FC Porto’s hitman Laurent Depoitre of late.
Under the tutelage of David Wagner, Huddersfield Town finished 5th on the league table in the 2016-17 campaign of the Sky Bet Championship and eventually went on to clinch a promotion. Wagner will obviously be striving for masterminding much better scenarios for his employers in times to come and his knack to make the requisite investments in the right areas to amend the loopholes as well as to solidify his arsenal are testaments to the same.
Their latest coup might not be a groundbreaking one, but it can certainly be the one which could meet their goal scoring needs. Depoitre rose to prominence whilst his tenure with Belgian first division side Gent after his experiences with Tournai, Peruwelz, Eendracht Aalst and Oostende, and was eventually signed by the Blue and Whites last summer. Although he failed to cement his place in the starting line-up of the Primeira Liga outfit, it is hard not to admire the wide range of attributes that the shrewd striker possesses.
Tall, strong and well-built, Depoitre is quite efficient in holding the ball up front and bringing his teammates into the equation with his ability to retain possession under pressure from defenders. He is excellent in the air and this makes him a very appealing commodity to have for giving his side the aerial advantage. The Belgian international has the requisite stamina to cover the pitch as he toils relentlessly in the final third, moves cleverly and has the knack to bang in goals.
Besides, he shoots well from the distance, has experience under his belt and will offer something different to what the likes of Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga have on their tray. However, points such as his lack of game time last season (as he fell behind Andre Silva, Diogo Jota and Jesus Corona), as well as his unfamiliarity with the animosity of the English top division, might raise a few eyebrows, but at the onset, he does look like an asset worth banking upon.