EXPECT Huddersfield Town supporters to be greeted by a few unfamiliar faces in their line-up in the Principality this afternoon.
Town start life without talismanic midfielder Jacob Butterfield today and despite an air of negativity among many fans following his departure, allied to a worrying start to the season, the club are hoping that their proactive work in the loan market can instigate a response.
After bringing in Bournemouth defender Elliott Ward on an initial month’s loan on Wednesday following the opening of the emergency loan window, manager Chris Powell yesterday followed up by signing Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on a 28-day loan.
Steer, 22, is available for this afternoon’s encounter and could step straight into the side along with Ward, who is likely to start in the centre of defence with captain Mark Hudson out for three to four weeks with injury.
Deadline-day arrival Jamie Paterson, who has joined from Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan, could also be handed his bow by Powell.
After a poor seasonal start, Powell is hoping the injection of new blood and options can help Town, who are without a win since April 11, to step up, himself included.
Powell said: “We cannot be on the back foot because we need points.
“We’ll come through this period, I have no doubt.
“We now have the option of changing the way we play. We have good width. We have to step up, myself included.”
The signing of Steer takes the number of loanees on Town’s books to five, with Mustapha Carayol and Emyr Huws also joining on season-long loans.
Powell has hinted that signing ex-Newcastle targetman Shola Ameobi, 33, is a possibility as he seeks another much-needed striking option, with James Vaughan likely to have played his last game for the club.
On free agent Ameobi, he said: “He’s trained with us and scored in a behind closed doors game.
“We’ll have a discussion and see where it leads.”