Meet the opposition | Huddersfield Town
As Swansea City prepare to take on Huddersfield Town on Saturday, we take a closer look at the form and history of the Terriers.
What’s their story?
A Premier League outfit just over 18 months ago, this is the Terriers’ second season back in the second tier.
They will be desperate to improve on last season, with a poor run of form towards the end of the campaign meaning they had to settle for an 18th-place finish.
This decade marks a century since the most successful period in the club’s history. FA Cup glory in 1922 was followed by three consecutive First Division titles between 1924 and 1926.
How's their form?
Difficult. The Terriers had looked to be potential dark horses for a play-off push, but they have fallen away after a wretched winless start to 2021.
They have taken just two points from the last 24 available, although those two did come in recent draw against Luton and Stoke.
However, they also suffered the disappointment of surrendering a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to bottom side Wycombe.
Who’s the boss?
Carlos Corberan. The Spaniard was appointed Huddersfield boss in July following the departure of Danny Cowley.
A former goalkeeper in Valencia’s youth ranks, Corberan opted to retire at the age of 23 and pursue a career in coaching.
The Spaniard’s managerial breakthrough came courtesy of a brief spell with Alcoron’s Juvenil A squad in 2013, and he also had spells in charge of Cypriot sides Doxa and Ermis Aradippou.
Corberan joined Leeds in 2017, and was promoted to their first-team staff under Marcelo Bielsa before his move to Huddersfield ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Who’s the captain?
Christopher Schindler. The German defender is now into his fifth season with Huddersfield, having arrived from 1860 Munich for a club-record fee in July 2016.
He etched his name into Terriers folklore by scoring the winning penalty in the Championship play-off final victory over Reading at Wembley in 2017.
Schindler, who only missed a couple of games during Huddersfield’s two-year stay in the Premier League, is now approaching 200 appearances for the club.
However, he will be missing this weekend after a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, with midfielder Jonathan Hogg taking the armband in his absence.
Who are the key men?
Josh Koroma had made a bright start to the season for the Terriers and netted six goals, including the winner at the Liberty in October, but he is sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Fraizer Campbell and Isaac Mbenza have led the attack in his absence and have five and four goals to their respective names.
They brought in experienced defender Richard Keogh from MK Dons in January, but they have also lost talented midfielder Carel Eiting for a long spell due to a knee injury.
Juninho Bacuna carries a goal threat from midfield, while Hogg is a combative presence in the centre of the park.