It was confirmed on Friday evening that Harry Bunn has left Huddersfield Town after four years to join Lee Clark’s Bury side on a three year deal.
Earlier in the week, Bunn was linked with a move away from West Yorkshire and it was believed that Ipswich Town was leading the chase, however, Lee Clark moved quickly to secure a major coup for Bury.
This piece reflects on Harry Bunn’s time at Huddersfield Town and what Bury fans should expect from their latest signing.
A unique playing style
When I first watched Harry Bunn, I wasn’t sure what to think. He was far from the fast nippy enthusiastic winger that I expected to watch darting down the wing.
Instead, he was powerful and difficult to push off the ball, it was unusual to see a winger with his upper body strength but it proved to be extremely effective.
As well as his unique ability to wrestle past his man, Harry Bunn’s direct running and dribbling was more substance than style.
However, the significant difference (which I think makes Bunn a Championship player rather than a League 1 player) is Bunn’s end product at the end of his marauding powerful runs.
End product and goal contributions
In ninety-eight appearances for Huddersfield Town, Harry Bunn made thirty-eight goal contributions with seventeen goals and seventeen assists.
This average of a goal or an assist every three games is particularly impressive considering this mainly came in the Championship.
As a player operating primarily on the left wing, Harry Bunn’s playing style is extremely flexible and versatile. Whilst Bunn would prefer to cut inside onto his stronger foot, he also has the ability to reach the by-line and swing in a high quality cross.
Despite having a number of impressive traits, at times during his spell at Huddersfield Town, they were fractured and isolated as Bunn was often undermined by inconsistency.
His best and subsequently worst season to date
However, during the 2015-16 season, everything appeared to fall into place. Despite Town’s difficulties, Harry Bunn who was utilised in a range of positions from the left wing role to an advanced second striker position was the silver lining.
With six goals and ten assists in forty-two Championship appearances, this was by far Bunn’s best season to date. The ten assists that Bunn amassed throughout the season was only bettered by Alan Judge as he proved to be one of the most creative and efficient attacking outlets outside of the Premier League.
The following season was, unfortunately, the polar opposite. Whilst David Wagner provided a much-needed overhaul of the squad, Harry Bunn was inadvertently a victim of this regime change.
Whilst Bunn was not directly affected by this change, Bunn drifted towards the periphery of the squad as his appearances dropped from forty in the Championship to just sixteen.
From the outside looking in, clearly, he was unsettled both in his performances and his behaviour. Often he was brought off the bench to provide defensive solidity but seemed to fail to carry out his defensive duties to the best of his ability.
However, whenever he was on the pitch, purely because of the quality of his end product, Bunn was always capable of producing a moment of magic, the stand out moment being his brilliant cross for Kachunga’s last minute winner against Derby County.
Whilst it may take a while for Harry Bunn to adjust to League 1 and re-find his form and confidence, under Lee Clark’s watchful eye, I’m confident that a fully rejuvenated and reinvigorated Bunn will be one of the standout performers, not only for Bury but in the entirety of League 1 over the course of the season.
Although Harry Bunn’s final season at Town was an underwhelming one, in League 1, there is no doubt in my mind that if he can adapt quickly that he will prove to be one of the signings of the summer in League 1.