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The Beast at the Bridge: how Laurent Depoitre’s moment of magic helped keep Town in the Premier League

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It wasn’t a dream; you can really start to believe it now. Huddersfield Town are staying in the Premier League next season.

Although every player was a hero on the night, one man helped give us the reason to believe and in the end, provided the cushion that we ended up needing to stay up.

Since he arrived for a paltry £5m from Portuguese side Porto in the summer of 2017, Depoitre has looked every bit the ‘target man’ we were after.

Strong, imposing, good in the air and with his feet with a deceptive burst of pace, Depoitre has provided more than healthy competition for fellow striker Steve Mounie.

Before a ball was kicked against Chelsea, Depoitre had already popped up with valuable goals in the draws against Leicester and Southampton, the winner against Manchester United and the 3rd goal in a 4-1 rout of Watford at Vicarage Road.

Taking away the goals of those first three games, we would be four points worse off and already relegated. This is without mentioning the consolation goal he scored against Chelsea in the home fixture.

Despite a woeful lack of service for most of this season, Depoitre has shown a predatory instinct in front of goal when presented with any clear-cut chance that comes his way.

Yesterday was no exception.

Despite being marshalled fairly well by Andreas Christensen up to that point, Depoitre sniffed a chance and set after a great lofted through-ball from Aaron Mooy, Depoitre got ahead of his marker, Antonio Rudiger, flicked the ball past keeper Willy Caballero, cleaned him out in the process and still had the composure to chip the ball over a recovering and desperate Rudiger on the goal-line, sending the Town faithful into raptures.

It takes tremendous bottle and desire to keep your cool on an occasion, like this, when the stakes are so high and the consequences so instantaneous.

The goal gave us some breathing space and it ended up being vital as Chelsea equalised shortly afterward thanks to a freak deflection off Marcos Alonso.

If £5m was all it cost for us to secure another £100m + for another season, then the Beast from Belgium was worth every penny of it.

If the rumours about his desire to return to Belgium were well-founded before yesterday’s game, I hope that goal and the reaction he got to it reiterated just how much ‘Lolo’ means to this club.

As I write this, he is currently still downing pints after an all-night sesh at PPG Canalside. What. A. Man.