Huddersfield Town- Nahki Wells A Convenient Move?

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Nahki Wells Signs For Huddersfield Town

Like most football fans who are not well educated in the lower reaches of the English Football League ladder, the first time I had heard of Nahki Wells was when Bradford took on Arsenal in the League Cup Quarter Final last season. The match was televised and I remember the commentators  singing the praises of the young Wells as he caused the Arsenal back line trouble time after time.

And they were right to do so. Wells went on to bag twenty-six goals  in just over double the appearances that season –  eighteen coming in the league. Helping Bradford to an unforgettable season, not only did they gain promotion to League One, but they of course stunned the footballing world by reaching the League Cup Final – seeing off three Primer League sides along the way.

It was in these games where Wells caught the eye, not phased by the big occasions, instead clearly enjoying the chance to showcase his skills on a national stage. Linking up devastatingly well with strike partner James Hanson, it was the classic little and large combination.

But there was no question which of the two where destined for bigger things. So with a few high profile Championship clubs reportedly sniffing around this winter window why did Wells pick Huddersfield Town as his next destination?

I think Wells chose Huddersfield out of convenience. Although he will be playing at a higher level than he did with Bradford, it shows for me a bit lacking in ambition. Obviously Wells was already based in West Yorkshire and the move to Town probably means that he doesn’t have to up sticks and move house. Perhaps none of the other clubs were prepared to pay over the odds for a striker that has yet to prove himself in the second tier of English football.

I think Leeds might have been one of those clubs. There had been talk of the Bermudan international coming to Elland Road and manager Brian McDermott would not comment when asked about that possibility. If he WAS interested in him nothing materialized.

Yes, maybe McDermott was put off by the price tag. But I think that he should probably have pushed it  a bit further. We are in dire need of  a new striker and even though Wells is unproven, he would have been just the ticket in my opinion.

He would have added a good  alternative to McCormack – put him up top with Smith and you would have had a similar  partnership to the one Wells had with Hanson.

As it is Leeds, are to keep looking for the right option with plenty of names flying around; we can only guess at who McDermott has in mind.

As for Huddersfield, they seem to have captured a real gem, even if it did mean smashing their transfer record. I’m sure the Terriers fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of a strike duo of Wells and James Vaughan – a partnership sure to be envied by plenty of Towns Championship rivals.

If Wells start at Town is anything to go by he will surely be making the step up to the Premier League before his four-year deal is up. And he has the likes of Dwight Gayle to look up to – a player that came through the lower leagues all the way to the top flight, scoring four goals already in his first season.

It will be interesting to see how he copes with the step up in leagues. Having already made the step up from League Two to League One look effortless scoring 15 goals. Will he take the Championship by storm as well?

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