Bristol City v Huddersfield Town - Hard-working Nahki Wells deserves award for shouldering load

Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells, left.
Huddersfield Town's Nahki Wells, left.
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DAVID WAGNER has made no secret of Huddersfield Town’s big desire this summer being the capture of a striker.

The Terriers have had just Nahki Wells to call upon as the lone frontman in the 4-2-3-1 formation that the club’s head coach has stuck rigidly to since succeeding Chris Powell in November.

Huddersfield Town manager, David Wagner.
 Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Huddersfield Town manager, David Wagner. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Wells is the only player in the Town squad to feature in all 30 games under Wagner, who has been delighted with not only the Bermuda international’s goal output but also the manner in which he has adapted to the gegenpressing system that makes the attack the first line of defence. He admits, though, that his star striker needs more support next term.

This appetite for work is why Wells is a strong contender to pick up the Huddersfield ‘Player of the Year’ award, something that captain Mark Hudson believes would be richly deserved.

“I would go for Nahki because he has worked so hard and scored so many goals for us,” said Hudson when asked his thoughts on who deserves to claim the award.

“He has played in most of the matches, and he has shown real character as well as quality.”

Wells’s fine season is underlined by his league tally of 17 goals being the joint fourth highest in the Championship. Just Andre Gray, Abel Hernandez and Ross McCormack boast more and all three cost between £9 and £11m in the transfer market.

Town, meanwhile, are bidding to make it a fourth year of improvement in their league position as a Championship club.

After finishing 19th, 17th and 16th, the Terriers currently sit 16th with two games remaining. Reading are a place and just one point above Wagner’s men in the table.

“We are trying to get a good position as possible,” added the German. “But the most important thing for me is to make our supporters proud.”