Huddersfield Examiner's Terriers reporter on what Bolton can expect from Huddersfield Town this weekend
Huddersfield Examiner's Terriers reporter Doug Thomson speaks to bwfc.co.uk to preview this weekend’s game at Macron Stadium as Wanderers open 2016 against Huddersfield Town.
bwfc.co.uk: How would you sum up Huddersfield Town’s season so far?
DT: A mixture of frustration and hope for a brighter new year. Town lost key players in Conor Coady, Alex Smithies and Jacob Butterfield and this was disappointing for fans and earned some sympathy for Chris Powell. But a good number still seemed to think he wasn't getting the best from the squad he had. David Wagner has brought a whole new approach, and in most of his matches so far, supporters have been encouraged by what they have seen.
bwfc.co.uk: How has David Wagner adapted to his first job in England?
DT: He has made a good transition, respecting the culture of the game in this country but also introducing fresh ideas from Germany. Town play a similar 'full-throttle' style to Liverpool (Wagner is a close friend of Jurgen Klopp and worked with him at Dortmund). That demands concentration and fitness, and the players have commented on the intensity of training under the new regime.
bwfc.co.uk: With the club still hovering above the drop zone, would safety constitute as a success this term?
DT: It's the first objective, but it would be good to see Town pushing for a place in the top half of the table as the season progresses and Wagner gets the chance to bring in some new faces, perhaps from his homeland, during the transfer window.
bwfc.co.uk: Who’s the dangerman?
DT: Nahki Wells is a man in form, with three goals in the last two games to take his season's tally to eight.
bwfc.co.uk: And finally, a prediction?
DT: Town to win 2-0.
Doug is on Twitter, @DougieTown.
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