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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Guide: Huddersfield Town

Next up is Huddersfield Town, returning to the Championship following a two-season stint in the Premier League

5 June 2019

Huddersfield Town 2018/19

League Position: 20th (Relegated from the Premier League)

Average league attendance: 23,201

Top league goalscorer: Karlan Grant, 4

 

Huddersfield Town’s two-year stint in the top flight came to an end as they could only register 16 points from 38 games.

A change in managers and a lack of star quality – Karlan Grant was top scorer with just four goals – made for a difficult season.

Jan Siewert was appointed as Head Coach in January 2019, and in doing so became the third Borussia Dortmund II manager in a row to leave that role to work in England after David Wagner (who he replaced at Huddersfield) and Daniel Farke (who became Head Coach of Norwich City). Terriers fans will be hoping Siewert can replicate the success of his countrymen this term.

 

The Ground

John Smith's Stadium

Miles from Brentford: 199

Capacity: 24,500

Address: Stadium Way, Huddersfield HD1 6PG

How to get there

 

Head Coach

Jan Siewert

Jan Siewert joined Huddersfield Town as the Club’s new Head Coach in January 2019.

The 36-year-old joined The Terriers from German side Borussia Dortmund II, where he held the position of Head Coach, signing a contract running until the summer of 2021.

Following a playing career in Germany with TuS Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and TuS Montabaur, Jan moved into coaching and has gained experience as a coach in Germany’s international youth sides as well as senior management roles at VfL Bochum, Rot-Weiss Essen and his role as Borussia Dortmund II Head Coach.

Huddersfield, Jan Siewert.jpg

 

Key Man

Alex Pritchard

Bees favourite Alex Pritchard joined Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee in January 2018 from Norwich City.

His first taste of senior football came during a loan spell at Peterborough United in January 2013. Pritchard made six appearances for Posh in the Sky Bet Championship before tearing ankle ligaments in a game against Leicester City, which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.

Pritchard recovered and subsequently joined League 1 side Swindon Town for the 2013/14 campaign. He excelled at the County Ground, netting eight goals in 41 starts in all competitions for the Robins. His performances earned him nominations to the EFL’s Young Player of the Year and League 1 Player of the Year accolades at the end of the season.

Upon returning to his parent club, Pritchard subsequently made his Spurs and Premier League debut; coming on for seven minutes in the final-day 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Pritchard's next loan saw him step back up to the Sky Bet Championship as he joined Brentford for the 2014/15 campaign. The form he showed at Swindon carried through to the higher level, as he netted 12 goals in 45 starts for the Bees as they reached the Play-Off Semi-Finals.

His performances in the red and white shirt earned Pritchard a place in the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year, as well as Brentford’s ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ award.

Having been capped by England at Under-21 level, his Brentford form earned him a place in the squad for the European U21 Championships, but he suffered an injury in the first group game against Sweden and missed the rest of the tournament.

Pritchard signed a new four-year contract with Spurs on the back of that success and soon made his second Premier League appearance for Spurs, but subsequently made a move across the Premier League to join Tony Pulis’ West Brom side. He was limited to just three substitute appearances under his stewardship, however.

A permanent move away from Spurs followed later that year as Pritchard moved to Norwich City permanently for an undisclosed fee. He netted seven goals in 35 appearances during his debut season for the Canaries, but was ruled out of the early part of the current campaign following ankle surgery.

Huddersfield, Alex Pritchard.jpg

 

Last Meeting

 

 

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 24

Draws: 17

Huddersfield Town wins: 24

 

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