Huddersfield Town Retain Interest In Championship Full-Back: Should Wagner Get It Done?

Huddersfield Town got back to winning ways as they edged out West Brom 1-0 in a closely contested match at the weekend. Their shocking win over Manchester United was expected to be a springboard for their top-flight survival but their defeat against Liverpool in the following match spoiled all the hopes.

But David Wagner’s side have revived their season with a professional display against the resilient Baggies, and now would be hoping to maintain it throughout this season. However, they might need some reinforcements soon, if they are to maintain consistency at the highest level.

According to reports, The Terriers are mulling over a move for Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom. The right-back has emerged as one of the sought after player playing in the Championship and Wagner has identified him as one of his main targets.

Yiadom saw his dream of playing in the top tier dashed as his much-anticipated move to newly promoted Huddersfield Town failed to materialise in the summer. The Ghanaian international even had passed his medical with the Terriers but due to a few reasons, the deal broke down and Wagner now is adamant to bring the player in January.

The 25-year-old’s contract is set to expire once this season ends and he has rejected a new deal with his current club, as he wants to explore new challenges. Barnsley cannot afford to lose him and might be compelled to cash in on the player who they brought in from Barnet, incidentally on a free transfer.

A fee in the region of £2.5m should be enough to beat other clubs in his signature. West Brom are also believed to be interested in the player as Tony Pulis continues his search for consistency. The Baggies’ technical director Nicky Hammond is reported to have watched the player when Barnsley defeated Burton 4-2 recently and has consolidated their interest in buying him.

Famous for his bombarding runs on the flanks, the 25-year-old could provide a boost to Wagner’s side but it remains to be seen whether he would be able to cope with the pressures of the top tier.

Apart from captain Tom Smith, there isn’t any sufficient cover at right-back, at the John Smith’s Stadium at this moment and Yiadom could give him a run for his money. The Terriers would be hoping to seal a deal this time fending off new interests from other clubs. But is he the right player for them?

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Anirban Sarkar

Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

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