Talking Tactics | Swansea City v Huddersfield Town

22nd February 2020
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Hull Rhian Brewster

Football stats experts WhoScored identify striker Rhian Brewster as a key man in Swansea City's Championship clash with Huddersfield Town at the Liberty Stadium.


The Championship's Valentine's Day clash between Hull and Swansea City was a great advert for the league. A 4-4 draw under the KCOM floodlights was a thoroughly enjoyable affair for the neutral, but a rollercoaster of emotions for fans of the two teams.

Tom Eaves' late equaliser denied the Swans victory and Steve Cooper now needs to rally the troops ahead of today's welcome of Huddersfield.

Now five points off the top six, it's of paramount importance that Swansea turn their fortunes around when the Terriers make the trip to the Liberty Stadium.

And having come off the bench to net in the entertaining stalemate, Rhian Brewster is the man expected to lead the charge as Swansea seek to get back to winning ways.

Rhian Brewster

The teenage January arrival now has three goals in seven league outings following his loan capture from Liverpool to help return a rating of 6.90; only Andre Ayew (7.32) and Matt Grimes (7.14) have garnered better of all Swansea players this season. Cooper will be looking to Brewster to improve that average and add to his three goals this afternoon.

The Swans are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Terriers, whose 52 goals shipped this season is the fifth most in the Championship. Despite the improvements made following Danny Cowley's appointment at the Kirklees Stadium in September, Huddersfield still sit 20th in the table - just five points above the drop zone.

And with Brewster impressing off the bench last week, Huddersfield should be fearful that the gap between themselves and the bottom three will remain the same, if not shorten, at the end of play today.

Indeed, one of Huddersfield's statistically-calculated weaknesses happens to be 'defending against skillful players', while one of Brewster's strengths is 'dribbling'.

Preston Rhian Brewster

If given the time and the space to run at the Huddersfield defence, then Cowley's side will struggle to keep the 19-year-old striker in check as they aim to end their winless run against Swansea. This will open up gaps for Swansea to exploit in the final third today, which Brewster and his attacking team-mates can use to put the ball in the back of the Huddersfield net.

However, in Christopher Schindler, Cowley has one of the more formidable centre-backs in the Championship to call upon to minimise Brewster's impact in the final third. The German earned a rating of 7.13 when these two teams last met - that one of his better rated performances in the Championship this term.

Having developed a statistically-calculated strength of 'blocking the ball', Schindler has a knack of being in the right place at the right time to put himself between the ball and the Huddersfield net - a trait that has endeared the defender to supporters.

Schindler's 27 shots blocked this season is one of the better returns in the Championship this season to reinforce his sole strength, so Brewster needs to work hard to find the space to ensure his efforts test the Huddersfield goal this afternoon.

If he is able to add to his three league goals today, then the striker has the means to fire Swansea to a vital three points to aid their playoff push.