Scouting report: Huddersfield

Take a closer look at tonight's opponents, ahead of our clash in west Yorkshire...

Manager

David Wagner. The German has done a remarkable job at Huddersfield, since taking charge at the John Smith’s Stadium in 2015. He led the Terriers to promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs last season and his side have made a steady start to life in the top flight. Huddersfield are currently sat in mid-table under Wagner’s stewardship and will be hoping to maintain that form. Wagner was previously a coach at Borussia Dortmund, under his close friend Jurgen Klopp, and during his playing career he was capped at international level by the United States of America.

Key Player

Aaron Mooy. The Australian international has been a huge hit at Huddersfield, since arriving on loan from Manchester City at the start of last season. His performances played a huge part in the Terriers earning promotion, so much that they moved quickly to turn his loan into a permanent stay. The midfielder has featured heavily for Wagner’s side, netting two goals in the process. As well as Huddersfield and Manchester City, Mooy has also spent time in England with Bolton and Scotland with St Mirren. 

Recent form

The Terriers have made an impressive start to life in the top flight and are currently sat in 12th place heading into this tie. Although they have only won two of their last five fixtures, Wagner’s side come into the game on the back of an impressive 2-0 victory over another promoted side, in Brighton. The John Smith’s Stadium is a tough place to visit though, as Manchester United will testify, following a 2-1 defeat in Yorkshire for Jose Mourinho’s side.

One to watch

Tom Ince. The son of former England international, Paul, is starting to live up to his billing and fulfil his potential, after arriving in west Yorkshire from Derby this summer. After coming through at Liverpool, Tom was allowed to move to Blackpool where he shone for the Seasiders, earning a chance in the Premier League with Crystal Palace and Hull following Blackpool’s relegation. However he failed to deliver at either of those clubs and spent time on loan with Nottingham Forest and Derby, before joining the Rams permanently. After Derby missed out on promotion, the winger joined the Terriers and has established himself as a regular in David Wagner’s side.

Worn both badges

Frank Sinclair. The defender spent a brief period with the Terriers after signing permanently following a loan spell and actually featured against us at Stamford Bridge in an FA Cup tie in 2008, as we ran out 3-1 winners. The Jamaican international spent eight years with us in west London before departing for Leicester City and later spent time with Burnley, Lincoln and Wrexham. Sinclair ended his career in 2015 and ventured into coaching, spending some time as the manager of non-league side, Hednesford, as well as being part of the coaching set up at Stoke City, as their U23 assistant manager for a brief spell.