The 2014 World Cup must seem like being a lifetime away for Erik Durm.
The full-back, who is valued at £1.35 million (by Transfermarkt), was called up for Germany after an impressive season with Borussia Dortmund and despite not actually featuring in the tournament, he received a winner’s medal following Joachim Low’s side victory over Argentina in Rio de Janiero.
Considered an impressive signing when he joined Huddersfield Town last summer, Durm has ultimately failed to live up to expectations this season yet hasn’t be helped by the lack of quality on show at the John Smith’s Stadium.
In what has been an utterly dismal campaign for the Terriers, relegation to the second tier was confirmed last month and with five games to play, they could still set a record for the second lowest points total in Premier League history.
Manager Jan Siewert will undoubtedly launch an overhaul of his squad in the summer but he should consider giving Durm a second chance to impress. At the age of 26, the full-back still has plenty of time to fulfil his potential and could thrive in the Championship having spent the majority of his career at a higher level.
Whereas players such as Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre are expected to leave when the transfer window opens in July, Huddersfield have the option to extend Durm’s deal for another a year (via Goal).
With the main competitor for his position, Chris Lowe, failing to shine it may be worth keeping the defender next year, especially when you consider just how competitive the Championship has become in recent seasons.
What do you think Terriers fans? Should the club extend Durm’s deal at the end of the current campaign? Or should his one year stint be brought to an end by Siewert? Let us know below.