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THE INSIDE TRACK: HUDDERSFIELD

15 December 2016

Our guide to The Terriers

NORWICH City host Huddersfield Town on Friday, December 16 (7:45pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what City will come up against at Carrow Road.

IN THE DUGOUT
As mentors in modern football go, Jurgen Klopp is likely to rank among the most esteemed within the game.

Huddersfield's Head Coach, David Wagner, served as apprentice to the Liverpool boss when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund, overseeing the German side's second string.

He was heavily linked with a switch to Anfield when Klopp moved to Merseyside, but instead the 45-year-old opted to forge his own path.


Replacing Chris Powell at the helm of Town in November of last year, this season represents his first full term in charge of The Terriers.

With the midway point of the campaign approaching, Huddersfield have impressed so far, sitting in 4th place after 21 games.

Earning international recognition with the United States during his playing days, Wagner's reputation as a coach continues to grow, being named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month in September.

IN THE PRESS
Former City player Andy Hughes feels he is constantly developing in his role as Huddersfield Town Head Coach, under the guidance of boss David Wagner.

After retiring from playing in 2015, he moved into the Bolton Wanderers backroom staff before spells at Rotherham United and Crystal Palace, ahead of joining Town in May 2016.

"It's exciting times under this Head Coach," Hughes told the media on Thursday morning.


"I'm learning every day and hopefully I'm contributing too. You only get better by making mistakes, on and off the pitch.

"We're making lots of little steps forward here and are really pleased with the harmony between the players. It's not the biggest squad, but it's really tight.

"We'll go to Norwich looking to work hard and put on a performance. We're focused on that in a tough game."  

ONE TO WATCH
Aaron Mooy's career path has more unique than most, with the Australian already boasting an intriguing CV despite still only being in his mid-20s.

Starting in his homeland at the New South Wales Institute of Sport, Mooy moved to England to join Bolton Wanderers' Academy setup before transferring to Scottish side St Mirren in 2010.

He made 30 appearances for the Buddies ahead of returning 'down under' two years later when he signed terms at Western Sydney Warriors prior to completing a 2014 switch to Melbourne City.


There, the international midfielder thrived, setting an all-time A-League record of 20 assists in a single season which prompted Manchester City to recruit him on a three-year deal this summer.

The 26-year-old was loaned out to Huddersfield ahead of the current campaign, where he has since become a mainstay, scoring twice in 21 league appearances so far.

IN THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Danny Ward, Joel Coleman, Joe Murphy.

Defenders: Tommy Smith, Mark Hudson, Tareig Holmes-Dennis, Martin Cranie, Chris Lowe, Christopher Schindler, Jon Stankovic, Michael Hefele. 

Midfielders: Dean Whitehead, Jonathan Hogg, Philip Billing, Aaron Mooy, Jack Payne, Rajiv van La Parra, Ivan Paurevic, Kasey Palmer.

Forwards: Sean Scannell, Elias Kachunga, Harry Bunn, Joe Lolley, Nahki Wells.



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