After one of the weirder runs through the Championship Playoffs in recent history, Huddersfield Town are coming to the Premier League. A true local club with an improbable story and an “American” manager in David Wagner has made it to the top flight. The Terriers may not have been tabbed for promotion to begin the season but now that they’re here, they shouldn’t be overlooked. Huddersfield has one of the cheapest squads in the championship which may lead to heavy turnover when they come to the Premier League but there are some key fantasy EPL contributors who should feature heavily in the top flight.
Thanks to Wagner coming from the school of Klopp, Huddersfield employs a high pressing style that can lead to shock results and large defeats. As shown by Huddersfield giving up nine goals to Fulham, when they lose they can lose big. Outside of that game, however, the Terriers allowed 49 goals which isn’t too bad overall.
But which Terriers can help out in the FPL world?
Aaron Mooy – central midfield
The do it all central midfielder for the Terriers, Mooy racked up four goals and seven assists in championship play. As the heartbeat of the midfield, Mooy will likely have a large role in Premier League for Huddersfield. A strong two-way player, Mooy will help fantasy squads going forward creating goals and key passes as well as tracking back to pick up tackles. Mooy had the unique skill set of averaging two plus key passes and tackles from deep positions in the midfield and that is likely to continue.
If Huddersfield are able to place more playmakers around Mooy this summer, he could be a sneaky late-round pick in Togga leagues. Keep your eyes peeled on this one.
Elias Kachunga – right midfielder
A team’s top scoring threat always warrants a look in Togga leagues and for Huddersfield, Kachunga is the true dangerman. While he has a tendency to lose the ball in possession, it didn’t stop Kachunga from regestering 12 goals and picking up two assists for the Terriers. Playing mainly in wide positions, these are pretty good numbers from Kachunga. Add in the fact that he is good at drawing fouls and converting on limited chances, Kachunga can be useful in the Premier League.
I wouldn’t recommend drafting him out of the gate but flag Kachunga as a man to watch early. If he gets off to a hot start in the top flight, he could be fully worth a roster spot over Premier League retreads like Juan Mata.
Tommy Smith – right back
The top assister for the Terriers oddly enough was a right back. Smith provided 10 assists while scoring four more goals in the Championship. This would be good production from a midfielder but it is excellent production from a defender. Even though Huddersfield doesn’t have an impressive defense Smith must be rostered in all leagues. The best comp for Smith in the Premier League could be Patrick van Aanholt who is coveted more for his attacking skills than his defensive fortitude. Smith could come across the odd clean sheet boosting his value but this is all about pure upside. There may not be a defender in the Championship with more upside in their current side than Smith.
If he’s lying around in rounds 14-16 of your Togga draft, it’s worth taking the flier on Smith. Worst case scenario you can add someone off of waivers to replace Smith if he disappoints.
Winning a Togga league is all about scouting to have an advantage on your opponent. There’s no better way to start than by learning about all of the promoted clubs. Stay tuned for more on Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion in the coming weeks as well as an overlook at Championship impact players.