When Laurent Depoitre scored against Chelsea at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, not many Huddersfield Town supporters would have predicted the struggles that he would encounter this year.
After joining the Terriers from FC Porto, the Belgian forward made a bright start to life in West Yorkshire and played an integral role in the club’s miraculous achievement of avoiding the drop under then-boss David Wagner.
Vital contributions against the likes of Watford, Manchester United and Southampton by Depoitre saw him edge towards becoming a cult-hero at the John Smith’s Stadium.
However, all the hard-work that he put into saving the Terriers last season has been overshadowed by his shambolic level of performance over the last nine months.
Despite featuring in 25 games in all competitions for Jan Siewert’s side, the 30-year-old has failed to score a single goal for the club which has undoubtedly contributed to their demise in the Premier League.
Completely devoid of any sort of attacking outlet for the majority of the campaign, it was hardly surprising when Huddersfield became the first club to be relegated to the Championship following a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.
Although it is fair to say that defensively they have also been very poor, the fact that they have only found the back of the net on 20 occasions in 35 games indicates just how lacklustre the Terriers have been this year.
With Depoitre’s contract set to expire in June, Siewert should not even waste his time thinking about offering the £3.6m-rated player (via Transfermarkt) a new deal.
Not only does the German have a better option to lead the line at the club already in the form of Karlan Grant but by releasing the Belgian, he could also free up a considerable amount of wages to spend elsewhere.
Although no player enjoys becoming a free agent in football, by leaving Huddersfield in the summer, Depoitre could benefit from a fresh start elsewhere heading into next season.
What do you think Terriers fans? Should Depoitre be given a new deal at the John Smith’s Stadium? Or is it time for Siewert to cut ties with the misfiring forward? Let us know below.
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