Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins faces a very stressful summer as he looks to rejig and rebuild his squad for the “difficult second season” in the Championship. After avoiding relegation on the final day of the season, Robins’ squad has been left strikerless. The two main men in the successful battle to beat the drop were James Vaughan and Jermain Beckford, backed up by Lee Novak.
Unfortunately, none of these players are at the club today. Vaughan and Beckford were both loanees, while Novak opted not to renew his contract at the John Smith’s Stadium, instead reuniting with former manager Lee Clark at Birmingham City.
That, of course, leaves a huge headache for the former Manchester United striker. Good, prolific strikers are not an easy thing to find, and Robins now has to find three or four of them! I was hoping that we might have hijacked Neymar’s move to Barcelona, but alas no! Instead, Town are reportedly trying to negotiate a permanent deal for Vaughan with his parent club Norwich City, which would be a fine start to the squad rebuild. However, Championship rivals Derby County are also interested in the player.
Also on the radar is Spanish striker Reuben Rochina, currently on loan at Real Zaragoza from Blackburn Rovers. I’ve always liked Rochina, mainly because of his Barcelona connections, but he isn’t exactly prolific. Still, he could form a good partnership with Vaughan.
Elsewhere, reports suggest that Walsall winger Jamie Paterson is lined up for a move to West Yorkshire. The 21-year-old scored thirteen goals for the Midlands side last season, and Town have already had one bid rejected, rumoured to be in the region of £750,000. He is certainly an exciting prospect, and one that Robins knows from their time together at Coventry City.
There is no doubting “Pato’s” potential ability, and he could be a very exciting acquisition. Unfortunately, Burnley and Sheffield United are also interested, which could start the dreaded bidding war, artificially inflating the player’s value.
As it stands, those are the only players being linked with moves to Town so far, although that will definitely change. It’ll have to, otherwise we won’t have a prayer of staving off the drop next season!
Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger
James tweets at @jamesb5374