Rumour after rumour. “Bid” after “bid”. £7m, £8m, £9m. Of course, I’m talking about the speculation surrounding the departure of Nahki Wells to Derby, Norwich or Fulham. You name the club; I’ll show you the tenuous transfer link.
As journalists and punters alike are becoming increasingly desperate to be the first to ‘break’ the latest story it seems that they are willing to fabricate almost anything.
Reassuringly for the blue and white army these stories don’t seem to hold much water, with the club and David Wagner stating they have no intention to sell last year’s leading goal scorer.
Nevertheless, Town fans but that will be counting down the days, minutes and seconds until Midnight August 31st.
The clubs’ strong front regarding one of our prized assets does emphasises the shift in attitude and application this year. Keeping Nahki Wells will be as good, if not better than a new signing. For too long have we had to suffer the heart break of seeing our best players leave for pastures new. Pilkington, Rhodes, Clayton, Coady, Smithies, Butterfield, Norwood to name a few. Wells, it seems, could be the signal that old habits have be broken.
Under Head Coach David Wagner the Terriers have a fantastic squad and in Wells, a proven goal scorer to lead the line and no doubt claim the plaudits. In this new look Huddersfield Town side Wells is easily capable of breaking the 20 goal mark.
You could argue that all players are replaceable and sure, to some degree all players are replaceable but goals, goals prove that little bit tougher. The £10m or so price tag pinned to the shirt of Nahki may sound very nice to some, but with the season now under way, and Wells himself opening his account, leaves me wondering that if the club were to sell him, I would be rather worried at the impact that could prove to have.
Not only we would we have to find a suitable replacement, but then he would be required to learn our style, meet DW’s fitness requirements and after all that hit the ground running, immediately.
Not overlooking the commercial impact; the next generation of Town fans, so naïve in their opinion of football they cheer for the player scoring all the goals and that’s precisely what Wells does. The departure of Wells may also see the departure of his adoring youth.
Town are well drilled and prepared to tackle the Championship this season, the fans are excited, the players are clicking rather neatly into place and in DW, we have a hungry, hard-working leader. Then there is Dean Hoyle, who has already indicated his commitment to the club. Let’s just hope he holds his nerve, if and when the suitors come knocking.
Don’t answer the door Dean, our house is perfect the way it is.
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