Huddersfield v Charlton: Wagner serene thanks to Hoyle's assurance

WHILE many in the managerial fraternity might not particularly appreciate headlines linking their leading players with transfer window moves, David Wagner takes a somewhat different view.

Huddersfield Towns head coach David Wagner has had assurances from chairman Dean Hoyle about holding on to the players that he does not want to leave the club (Picture: Bruce Rrollinson).

The Huddersfield Town head coach, for one, certainly will not be losing any sleep over that sight. Indeed, it is something that he believes can bring positives to the club.

So far this month, unlike in the summer window when Jacob Butterfield was linked consistently with Derby County before eventually joining the Rams and Alex Smithies and Conor Coady left for pastures new, the rumour mill has been quiet regarding significant outgoings.

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Most Town fans would like it to stay that way – with the likes of Nahki Wells remaining in the blue and white of Huddersfield once the window shuts.

Huddersfield Towns head coach David Wagner has had assurances from chairman Dean Hoyle about holding on to the players that he does not want to leave the club (Picture: Bruce Rrollinson).

Wagner, whose side welcome Charlton Athletic this evening, is remaining relaxed and is not worried one iota.

Although it perhaps has something to do with the fact that chairman Dean Hoyle has told him that no one who he wants to stay at the club will be sold.

Adamant he is not concerned about any of his players being targets of other higher-profile clubs, Wagner said: “To be honest, I am very happy for them if they are targets as it means they did a good job and have developed and are good interesting players for maybe other clubs.

“But at the end – and this was something I discussed with Dean Hoyle – no player I am happy with will leave us in this winter window.

Huddersfield Towns head coach David Wagner has had assurances from chairman Dean Hoyle about holding on to the players that he does not want to leave the club (Picture: Bruce Rrollinson).

“I am not worried or afraid about losing players. I have had discussions with Dean who will try to help us from his side wherever he is able to do. We feel protected by him.

“Maybe some will feel more confident if they are targets of bigger clubs.

“But our target is to (become) a bigger club ourselves and, for this, we have to develop our players.

“For that, it is important we are consistent in the team and squad.”

Incomings so far this month have been restricted to the acquisition of loanee James Husband from Middlesbrough, who will provide direct competition in the left-back position for Jason Davidson.

Wagner has revealed that he would ideally like to bring in more signings during the current window, but given the fact that his squad options are currently fairly strong, he will opt for quality and is not interested in just covering bases.

Select talents are likely to include the likes of Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw, who is also on the wanted list of several other clubs.

On his hopes of bringing in new recruits, Wagner – who has revealed that Dean Whitehead could return to training at the end of this week and be back in the fray next week – added: “Of course. We have lost James Vaughan, Muzza (Mustapha Carayol) and Murray (Wallace).

“We will try and give William Boyle the chance to take the position of Murray, maybe, but we are thinking about making our squad stronger as well in terms of numbers of players.

“But for me, it only makes sense that the players that we bring in make us stronger. At the moment because we don’t have big injury problems, I am very relaxed.”

Huddersfield’s recent uplifting form has also provided Wagner with good reason to feel contented, with the dark winter nights for Town fans at least offset by some vibrant recent form.

Eye-catching home performances are reconnecting with some previously apathetic sections of the John Smith’s Stadium faithful, while also re-energising folk around Huddersfield into seeing what the new-look Town are just all about.

Excitement is back on the menu and Wagner hopes it is the sign of things to come – with the re-engagement process able to continue apace if Town can secure victories with positive performances against both Charlton and Fulham, who visit on Saturday.

Wagner said: “At the moment, I have a good feeling we are developing in the right way.

“I think there were some cross points in the last eight weeks, but we are going in the right direction and feel everybody knows that when you work hard, you get something back.

“That is very important. If you work hard and don’t get something back, then maybe there will be a point where you think, ‘Why I am working so hard?’.

“But the squad are getting something back with results and the support from the fans. There has been positive feedback from a lot of sides and that’s what we like.

“We have to make the first steps and show on the pitch that the supporters are able to be excited. Then, they will give us something back, which is important on the other side for us to feel strong and develop on the pitch.

Last six games: Huddersfield WLWDWD, Charlton DLDLDL.

Referee: G Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

Last time: Huddersfield 1 Charlton 1; August 23, 2014; Championship.