When Huddersfield Town announced the signing of Laurent Depoitre from FC Porto in 2017, their supporters were understandably excited as then-manager David Wagner began to splash the cash earned from winning promotion via the play-offs.
Knowing that he had to bolster his squad ahead of the Terriers’ first top-flight campaign in 45 years, the American decided to strengthen specifically in the attacking areas. With Depoitre available for transfer, Huddersfield decided to approach Porto and secured a club-record £3.5m deal to bring the Belgian to West Yorkshire on a two-year deal (via the BBC).
Reacting to the news on Twitter, these fans expressed their delight at the forward’s arrival.
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— lewis (@lewishtfcjones) 23 June 2017
Welcome to Yorkshire’s Number 1 Club #atownlikenoother
— Tall Paul Wright (@TallPaulWright) 23 June 2017
Welcome to @htafcdotcom. Cannot wait to see you banging the goals in
— Craig Horner (@CraigHorner1982) 23 June 2017
— Proud Terriers (@ProudTerriers) 24 June 2017
Welcome to Town .
— Warren Green (@WazzaHTFC) 24 June 2017
what a signing
— Tom Jepson #TeamLH44 (@HTAFCTom44) 23 June 2017
Depoitre made an immediate impact for his new club as he scored in only his second appearance for his new club in a 1-1 draw at Leicester City before following it up with the decisive goal in a famous 2-1 victory over Manchester United.
After a barren spell in which he went 15 games without finding the back of the net, the 30-year-old played a starring role in helping his club achieve an incredible draw at Chelsea. With Wagner’s side needing just a point to secure survival, Depoitre took advantage of a defensive mistake by the Blues to score a vital goal which guaranteed Premier League football for the following season.
However, this year has been a struggle for the forward who has been a shadow of the player who initially made a bright start to his career in England. The arrival of Jan Siewert as Terriers manager in January has seen Depoitre’s involvement for the club diminish and even when has featured, he has made little to no impact.
Already relegated to the Championship, Huddersfield will undoubtedly have to move players on in the summer and it is unlikely that Depoitre will be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in June.
Although he will be remembered fondly for scoring the goal that secured his club’s survival in 2018, the former Porto star’s move to the Terriers has ultimately failed to live up to initial expectations.
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