After the embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Stoke City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, the discontent and frustration around the club has gotten louder. A small but loud minority of Town fans have even begun calling for David Wagner’s head.
At Talk of the Town, we believe now is the time to put our trust in the charismatic German.
There have obviously been justified reasons for the malaise that has set in around the club. The heavy defeats to top 6 clubs were expected.
However, the manner of the defeats has been the biggest cause for concern. The team appears to have temporarily lost its identity. Young players brought into the club this summer will obviously take time to adjust but two gruelling encounters so early on has clearly created a crisis in confidence.
The same problems surrounding our creativity in the final third remain, with Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre once again cutting isolated figures, feeding off scraps of service and poorly delivered crosses.
However, we are only three games into the season. If anyone can turn this around, its David Wagner. Town fans are quick to forget that loyalty works two ways in football.
During our promotion campaign, Wagner could have left the club and taken up lucrative offers from Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt and Aston Villa – if the rumours are to be believed. Now is the moment to give our full support to Wagner and his coaching team.
Of course, things need to get better. We as fans can all see that, the players know it too. They know they haven’t performed to the level they know they are capable of.
We don’t shoot anymore, the tempo is slow and laboured and our gegenpressen style has been lost, for the time being. We can get this all back, it is possible.
Now isn’t the time to lambast players on Twitter, sending them abuse i.e. Ben Hamer or becoming apathetic. We’ve had it good for so long, sometimes it’s easy to forget how bad things have been.
This is the time to stick with Wagner and his Terriers. We must keep the faith and do our best to support the team as hard as that may be when the spectacle isn’t encouraging.
Those calling for his sacking need to answer one question: who could get us out of this crisis better than Wagner?
The reason why we fell in love with David Wagner was that he broke the mould. He was not another middle managing British head coach who had no personality nor a discernible philosophy that he subscribed to.
Personally, we don’t want to see Town fall into the all-too-familiar trap many bottom-half Premier League clubs fall into. By this we mean turning to a firefighter to rescue us from relegation by sacrificing what made us different.
It should be noted that you can criticise the performances as much as you want without being a “fake fan” and it is not mutually exclusive. You can support the side and voice your concerns about an increasingly precarious situation. After all, we all want what is best for Huddersfield Town football club.
A win at Everton on Saturday would bring so much confidence back, even a draw could be a good platform to build upon going into the next round of matches.
The Premier League has been an amazing experience, don’t let the bright lights and high-stakes corrupt our brilliant fan-base.