After a two-year stay in the Premier League, Huddersfield Town will be returning to the second tier after last week’s defeat to Crystal Palace confirmed their relegation.
Despite showing glimmers of improvement under boss Jan Siewert, a lack of quality compared to their other top-flight competitors has ultimately proved to be too much of a hurdle for the Terriers to overcome this season.
With the squad set to be overhauled in the summer, there are currently six players who have yet to agree new deals at the John Smith’s Stadium (via the Examiner). Whereas forward Laurent Depoitre is unlikely to stay at the club given his ineffectiveness in front of goal, it could be worth taking a risk on extending Jack Payne’s stay.
Currently on loan at Bradford City, the midfielder has provided a bright spark for the club in what has otherwise been a dismal season for the Yorkshire-based outfit. Although the Bantams find themselves bottom of League One and facing an almost-certain return to the fourth tier of English football in May, Payne has been individually impressive, scoring nine goals and providing five assists for his team-mates.
Giving the current state of affairs at Valley Parade, it is very unlikely that Bradford will be able to negotiate a permanent deal for the 24-year-old at the end of the current campaign and so he is expected to return to Huddersfield. If Payne continues to perform to a high standard in League One, he could build up the confidence needed to make the step up next season to the second tier with the Terriers after representing them in the division two years ago.
However, if Siewert decides to cut ties with the former Southend United ace, he is sure to attract interest from elsewhere when you consider the qualities that he possesses.
What do you think Huddersfield fans? Should Siewert give Payne a second chance to impress at the club? Or is time to let the midfielder leave in the summer? Let us know below.
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