He’s quite a talent, isn’t he? Philip Billing has really come on at Huddersfield Town in recent years and even though the Terriers looks set to go down, he might not be joining them.
Upon moving to England in 2013, Billing has gradually built up the numbers of appearances he makes and the influence on the side he has over the years.
Billing’s breakthrough point to regular game time with the first-team came about in 2015/16 when he amounted 13 appearances, with 10 of them in the second half of the season. The following campaign he continued to develop and played an important role, albeit often from the bench, in the side that made it to the Premier League via the play-offs.
The Dane, who is valued at £6.3 million (by Transfermarkt), was unfortunate with an ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines for a significant spell last season, but this campaign he has really kicked on. He has made 27 appearances in the heart of Town’s midfield and in the first half of the season, was certainly one of if not the standout player for the Terriers.
As Town’s relegation to the Championship is all but confirmed, that poses the question as to what is next for Billing?
The 22-year-old is evidently a class above the second tier of English football and suggested he will not stay to witness it in West Yorkshire. Billing told Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet, via Sport Witness, that “I have been in Huddersfield for a long time, so this summer it is time to try a new challenge.”
Given that he has come out and publicly said that before the end of the season, that shows that his heart lies elsewhere and, therefore, Town now must now bargain the best fee possible for his services in the summer.
Billing could easily overtake Tom Ince’s move to Stoke City as the record departure fee in a move that could see him start in holding midfield for the vast majority of Premier League clubs. If it is not in England that Billing chooses as his next adventure then there are sure to be a whole host of clubs across Europe looking at him too.
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