After eight months of dismal football at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield Town’s fate was finally confirmed at the weekend.
A 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace was compounded by victories for Burnley and Southampton which resulted in the Terriers becoming the first side to be relegated from the Premier League this season, bringing an end to their two-year stay in the top flight. In what has surely been a harrowing campaign for the club’s supporters, it could be that their drop to the second tier may see boss Jan Siewert give some opportunities to players from the academy.
With nothing to lose between now and May, Huddersfield may benefit in the long-term from fielding their homegrown talents as they will only get better from playing against the best that the Premier League has to offer.
The success of the Terriers’ Elite Development Team has seen two players make their first-team debuts this season already with Demeaco Duhaney starting against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aaron Rowe making his bow in a 2-0 home defeat to AFC Bournemouth earlier this month.
If this pair are given more chances to impress in Huddersfield’s final six fixtures, there is no reason why they cannot go on to replicate the careers of Tommy Smith and Philip Billing who have both established themselves as key players for the club since graduating from the academy.
Whereas a continuation of fielding the players who have put the Terriers in the position that they currently find themselves will do nothing to boost the morale amongst supporters, Siewert could lift the spirits at the Yorkshire-based club if he decides to hand debuts to youth players.
In what has a been a season to forget for Huddersfield, they could still salvage something positive if just one of the academy graduates establishes themselves a regular starter in the years to come.
What do you think Terriers fans? Should Siewert give your youth players a chance of experiencing what the Premier League has to offer over the next few weeks? Or is too much of a gamble to take even though you have been relegated? Let us know below.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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