The Terriers have faced a season-long struggle to maintain consistency, with both managers witnessing some severely disappointing losses due to players not following instructions. Darren Moore is currently confronted with a daunting challenge as he seeks to bring more stability and cohesive performances from a somewhat limited Terriers squad, particularly with a few key players injured. However, the recent 4-0 defeat against Cardiff City and even the 2-1 victory over QPR have exposed immediate issues that cannot be deferred until the January transfer window.
In a discussion on the Huddersfield Town podcast, Opta analyst David Hartrick and Steven Chicken, from the same platform, delved into the two recent games and the broader challenges facing the team. Hartrick emphasized the need for changes in the squad during the upcoming transfer window, which both analysts recognized as a necessary step despite their usual reluctance to rely on transfers to solve problems. They acknowledged that Darren Moore’s task for now is to accumulate as many points as possible until January when they can address the squad’s shortcomings more effectively.
Chicken added that they’ve been highlighting this need since September, and the club seems to be aware that the summer transfer work wasn’t sufficient. There’s hope that the landscape will change in January. While Moore inherited a squad in need of reinforcements, it doesn’t completely excuse his performance. They discussed the team’s recent results and how Moore’s tactics have created some confusion on the field, with forwards pressing forward and defenders attempting to build play from the back, leaving the midfield in a dilemma. Despite Moore’s intentions, the team hasn’t yet fully adopted his cohesive ideas. The skepticism about significant improvement during the international break seems to be justified based on recent performances.