Terrier's top form is helping Danny Cowley settle in

          Goalgetter Grant is on fire

          2019/11/07 16:40
          By Sam Bevan

          For the first time in a good while, life is looking up for Huddersfield Town - the Terriers on the longest current unbeaten run in the Championship under new boss Danny Cowley.

          Cowley's arrival has sparked a clear improvement on the pitch - but young English striker Karlan Grant has been one player to impress even during the dark days of Premier League relegation. This article takes a look at the prolific form of the 21-year-old centre forward.

          Grant was signed by Huddersfield in the January window of the 2018/19 season, with the club still clinging onto their Premier League status.

          A section of Town fans were surprised and uninspired by the capture of Grant from League One Charlton - with some voicing their concern that the Terriers were resigning themselves to an inevitable Championship return the following season.

          The doubters were right in one respect, as Huddersfield were doomed to fall out of the Premier League trapdoor at the end of the 2018/19 campaign. However, Grant has gone from strength to strength - netting 13 goals in 28 games for the Terriers since his arrival at The John Smith's Stadium.  

          Despite the shocking form of a side that only managed to win one of its last 26 games in the Premier League, Grant hit four goals in 13 games in the top flight.

          The trend of Grant scoring, but Huddersfield losing continued into this season in the Championship - the Terriers' poor form sealing the fate of Jan Siewert, who was sacked to make way for the arrival of the Cowley brothers, who were drafted in as his replacement on the back of their fabulous work at Lincoln City.  

          Since arriving in West Yorkshire, the Cowley brothers have dragged the Terriers out of the relegation zone, picking up more points (15) in the Championship than any team over the last seven games. 

          Young gun Grant has been a central figure in this upturn - the former Crawley and Cambridge United striker sitting third in the goal charts in the second tier with nine goals; only two behind the Championship's top bagsman Aleksander Mitrovic.

          Grant has averaged a goal every 149 minutes and contributed to 65% of Huddersfield’s goals this season (9 goals and 2 assists, in total). 

          The 22-year-old's consistency and strike rate are sure to garner attention, as will the Cowley's impact.

          Despite their league position, a play-off spot may still not be out of reach if Huddersfield maintain their recent standards - the Terriers currently nine points off the top six. However, they are four points clear of the relegation zone, and Huddersfield’s main aim will be to avoid relegation.

          Fans will hope that the Cowleys, with Grant as their attacking spearhead, can inspire a return to the glory days of just three years ago when David Wagner led Huddersfield to an unlikely promotion and then secured Premier League safety in their first top flight campaign since 1971-72.

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          One interesting fact from Wagner's tenure was that his promotion side of 2016/17 earned passage to the Premier League despite having a negative goal difference (-2) in the Championship and failing to score a single goal in the play-offs.

          The chances of Huddersfield repeating such miracles are minuscule - and a steady goal supply from Grant this season will be essential if they are to have a hope of reaching the same phase of the competition.

          Karlan Grant
          NameKarlan Laughton Ahearne-Grant
          Born1997-12-19(22 -yrs-old)
          PositionForward (Striker)


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