Huddersfield Town’s incredible journey to the Premier League was secured via a play-off final victory against Reading. Footballing drama at its finest.
David Wagner has inspired the Championship side to a remarkably successful season, and we’ve taken a look back at how they’ve managed it.
1 Utilising the loan market
With Championship budgets far more stretched than the royalties of the Premier League the loan market is vital.
No one in England profited better off the loan market than Huddersfield, with every one of David Wagner’s short-term arrivals playing an important role during the season.
Man City’s Aaron Mooy was one of the standout midfielders in the division, Chelsea pair Isaiah Brown and Kasey Palmer added youthful swagger, Danny Ward took up the No.1 role and Elias Kachunga was a powerful presence in attack.
2 Out of the blocks quickly
Huddersfield opened the season with a 2-1 win against Brentford at the John Smith’s Stadium, courtesy of a Palmer winner.
Wagner’s side then went another five games without losing, culminating in a 1-0 win against Yorkshire rivals Leeds.
The six-game unbeaten run left Huddersfield sitting at the top of the Championship and in pole position for automatic promotion.
3 Bouncing back from a winter slump
Huddersfield went from a six-match winning streak into a run of only four wins in 14 games across September, October, November and December.
A 1-1 draw at struggling Blackburn left The Terriers in eighth, with plenty of work to do to get back amongst the play-off contenders.
But they bounced back in style with six wins in a row, including defeats of Brighton, Leeds and Reading to claw their way back up to third.
4 Taking a gamble at the end of the season
With a play-off place secured, Wagner took a gamble in the last two games of the season, against Birmingham and Cardiff.
The German rested key players, ensuring they were fresh for the play-offs but resulting into two losses.
Wagner’s team selection saw Huddersfield facing a fine and receive plenty of flak from other clubs fighting relegation who were relying on Birmingham dropping points.
Look no further for Huddersfield’s play-off hero than goalkeeper Danny Ward.
He might only be at the club on loan, but he’ll forever go down in Huddersfield folklore for his semi-final and final penalty heroics.
Can Huddersfield keep him next season or will Jurgen Klopp want a closer look back at Liverpool?