Town continue to be hard-working, energetic and exciting in their performances and as the season concluded its second month, I was given another headache when I faced picking my Player of the Month for September.
After a little deliberation this month’s award goes Huddersfield Town’s record signing, German Centre-back, Christopher Schindler. If not for Aaron Mooy he probably would have won the award for August. Like so many of Town’s new recruits he has taken to the strains and challenges of the Sky Bet Championship like a duck to water.
Perhaps we should not be so surprised at how quickly he has found his feet, in his first interview he spoke of his excitement and understanding of what was expected of him “I’m looking forward to a great adventure and to the challenges which lie ahead, but my job is to stop opponents scoring goals and that is my main focus.”
Cast from the modern centre-back mould, Schindler is as equally comfortable on the ball as he is in a tackle. Watching Schindler play, it so regularly looks as though he has learnt his lines from a secret match day script that only he has seen prior to Kick-off. A very intelligent player, and by the admission of David Wagner in the recent BBC Radio Leeds special, he is no fool off the field, being awarded most intelligent squad member by his compatriot.
Schindler, like all great defenders, knows the importance of good communication and how vital it is to build a resolute defensive unit. His presence is calming, and appears to be bringing the best out of Mark Hudson and, allowing Chris Löwe the freedom he needs to support an attack.
In defending, Schindler has found his footballing soulmate. His physical and mental attributes are incredibly impressive and have proved he is tough enough to compete with the finest of Championship talisman, having already faced Dwight Gayle, Ross McCormack and Scott Hogan to name a few.
A style of defending so typically German, 11 games in, he has been efficient and hardworking in every single minute. David Wagner has found yet another player that epitomises the ‘Terrier identity’ and has more than justified the price tag.
Schindler is a clear leader, and has been at the core of Town’s success so far this season. Town currently sit second in the table for goals conceded on 8, with Brighton the only team to have conceded fewer on 7.
If Town are to continue this record, then Schindler will play a big part.
A future captain perhaps? And an answer to Town’s recent defensive woes? I think so.
Ooh to be a…