Huddersfield Town transfer window plans laid out position by position

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The Terriers first-team squad will be back on the training pitch today after two days of fitness testing.

Huddersfield Town are hoping to have a much better season than they have endured over the past three years and are in the midst of what could end up as their biggest squad overhaul since their promotion to the Premier League.

To that end they have already announced five signings who will formally join the club from 1st July: Matty Pearson, Jordan Rhodes, Lee Nicholls, Ollie Turton and Josh Ruffels.

That already gives Carlos Corberan better squad depth than he had available to him last year, and ideally further signings will be brought in to add more quality in key positions.

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Goalkeeper: Lee Nicholls has been brought in from Milton Keynes to give Ryan Schofield competition for a place in the starting lineup, but there remains a vacancy for the third-choice goalkeeper.

A youngster like Nick Bilokapic or Giosue Bellagambi could fill that slot, and the ability to sign an emergency loan if need be pushes it down the list of priorities, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if another stopper came in just in case.

Right-back: Looking good for now with Pipa and Ollie Turton offering rather different things but both reliable enough on paper.

Of course, that could soon change if Sporting CP were to come back with a bid for Pipa that matched Town’s asking price, and our hunch would be that if they did, Town might want to invest in a first choice player to replace Pipa rather than bump Turton up the pecking order. But who knows?

Aaron Rowe has also trained at right-back, and we’ve seen Juninho Bacuna fill in there in a pinch too – though after the last time, at Blackburn, we’re not sure he should again.

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Centre-back: Matty Pearson’s early-window signing stopped this from becoming the position we were most worried about, but we still feel like there is work to do.

Rarmani Edmonds-Green should be ready for more first-team football next season and Naby Sarr can be good on his day but is also rather erratic – and Town could yet lose him to the Africa Cup of Nations in January should he get the call from Senegal.

But beyond that, Richard Keogh is not expected to play a huge part on the pitch next season from what we gather, and we can’t shake the feeling that Romoney Crichlow could ideally do with a League One or League Two loan and some regular football. Ditto Mustapha Olagunju.

We’re of the view that another centre-back with more consistency than Sarr and the ability to play from the back could therefore go a very long way to helping Corberan implement the style he wants, and that a Premier League or foreign loan might be the best way to get that kind of quality into the back four.

Left-back: A similar story to right-back in that Harry Toffolo is a proven leading Championship full-back, and in Josh Ruffels, the Terriers have signed up arguably the best left-back in League One over the past two seasons.

Whether or not the former Oxford man would be able to step up as ably as Toffolo did should that chance come his way is another matter, but until and unless someone were to come in for Toffolo, that’s not a question Town need to find an answer to. Ben Jackson and Jaheim Headley offer youth back-up.

Defensive midfield: We presume Jonathan Hogg will be given the captain’s armband he wore for most of last season, and we know how vital Corberan sees the reigning player of the year to his plans.

Alex Vallejo has earned the fans’ respect too, though, to the point that we wonder if he might play alongside Hogg rather than directly deputising for him. Josh Austerfield and Etienne Camara are the the B-teamers here.

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Central midfield: Perhaps Town’s weakest area as it stands – or rather, the position we have the most doubts about.

Juninho Bacuna is expected to leave if a buyer can be found, while Lewis O’Brien is known to have Premier League clubs looking at him.

Replacements would be sought, of course, but if both were to depart that would leave Vallejo and Duane Holmes as the only established senior central midfielders currently at the club with Scott High, Brahima Diarra and forgotten man Matty Daly still yet to taste regular Championship football.

And speaking of forgotten men, Reece Brown is back at the club after 18 months at Peterborough – will he be sent out on loan, or might Corberan be willing to take a look at him this summer?

Either way, Town are crying out for at least one quality signing in central midfield even if O’Brien and Bacuna were to stay. If that signing were also capable of playing at number 10, all the better.

Wingers: Plenty of options, and Josh Koroma is arguably the star of this team now – but while Corberan will have an idea of who he expects to start on the right wing come the first day of the season, from where we sit there’s still no clear choice even if Isaac Mbenza were to stay.

That position is very much up for grabs. Might Town be tempted to go in for a more proven Championship quantity or a quality Premier League loan to decisively settle the debate?

Strikers: Jordan Rhodes would appear to be going into the new season as first choice, with Danny Ward and Fraizer Campbell as back-up.

But it will be interesting to see if Town go in for a target man before the window closes having left themselves short of one following Steve Mounie’s departure last summer and then had to scramble to sign one in January-February.

Either way, Kieran Phillips and Kian Harratt could afford to go out on loan, and we’d be especially interested to see how Phillips would do if he finally got a good run of senior games a division or two down the pyramid.

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