One’s to watch

With the anticipation of the new season beginning to bubble; I wanted to take a look at the Huddersfield Squad and what we can expect.

The kids (and adults) are desperate to find a hero. They’re eager to pick the name that should grace the back of their shirt, or who they should imitate when they play football. We are waiting with open arms and open hearts, ready to fall in love.

At the time of writing this we have signed 8 players, and sold 1. Here’s who I believe we should all keep an eye out for…

RAJIV VAN LA PARRA

We were teased with potential last time out. David Wagner openly admits that players need time to adjust to his (and our) system and regime. And for some moments VLP seemed as though has was the round peg we were missing.

Having now signed permanently and with a full preseason under his belt I believe the Dutch wide man can dazzle the Blue and White army. He is the type of player to have fans on their feet, ready to cheer a moment of magic.

His direct approach, skill and pace will pose a threat to any opposition defence. With the inclusion of a few more goals I firmly believe VLP can become a star. I just wonder if a child’s shirt can fit such a surname.

PHILLIP BILLING

I think we all remember this young mans first senior goal, a screaming strike against Nottingham Forest, Sat 13th Feb.

Such a goal can easily cast a shadow over his overall performances, but if rumours are to be believed it would appear this isn’t the case for Prem side, Tottenham Hotspurs, who we all know love a deep-lying midfielder.

Having made 14 league appearances since his debut in November, Billing goes about his duties with ease. Generally sitting slightly deeper, he does the simple things extremely well. He likes the ball and appreciates its importance.

With bags of energy, and the likes of Dean Whitehead and Jonathan Hogg to learn from it is definitely worth keeping tabs on this boy’s progression during the coming season.

The only downside is the loss of his trademark locks.

MICHAEL HEFELE

Standing at a towering 6’ 4” Michael has already become a cult figure with the Town fans. A natural leader with golden hair, what isn’t to like.

He joins Town from Dynamo Dresden, where he captained them to promotion from the third tier of German football last season. And it would appear that every Dynamo Dresden fan is sad to see Michael leave.

A defender who likes the ball and chips in with the odd goal, I, for one, am fascinated to see how Michael can adapt to the English game.

Ooh to be a…

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