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PremierLeague-News.Com - It's a huge summer on and off the pitch for the Terriers, and while fans will be paying close attention to transfers, the head coach will be hard at work with what he already has
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The season has only just ended, but plans are already starting to take shape for the new campaign ahead. Huddersfield Town’s first friendly of the summer has been confirmed for 10th July as Harrogate Town visit Canalside, with details of further pre-season games set to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Fans’ attentions will likely be on transfers more than training pitch, but there will be plenty of players coming back looking to make a statement. Here are five who we think will be looking to catch Carlos Corberan’s eye for all the right reasons when they return to training. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now 1. Danny Ward The striker needs no telling that next year has to be better than this one, recently describing his first year back at the John Smith's Stadium as ‘shocking’ and ‘a nightmare’. Fitness has been Ward’s main issue, of course, and he has not been able to string back-to-back starts together at any point this season. Proving those issues are well and truly behind him is job number one, then, but he might also face a fight to go into the new season as first-choice number 9: Fraizer Campbell started the lion’s share of last season’s games and has a new deal with the club, while Jordan Rhodes looks set to become the next man to come back to the club. We imagine Ward would be ahead of both of them in Corberan’s thoughts as it stands, but Ward needs to make sure he stays there. 2. Isaac Mbenza Corberan brought the winger back in from the cold last summer, but Mbenza had to return to pre-season training a couple of weeks before his teammates to prove himself first. To the winger’s credit he made the most of his second chance to prove himself fit to wear the blue and white stripes, and while the winger won’t have to report back early this time around, his form undeniably dipped from January onwards. Playing through a groin injury was a big factor in that, according to Corberan – but injury or not, Mbenza will need to train his way back to his best…whether his future lies at Huddersfield Town or elsewhere. Yorkshire Football App - Town Yorkshire Live has launched a new dedicated football app to bring you the one stop shop for all Huddersfield Town news. Football Yorkshire brings you the latest transfer developments, live match coverage, injury updates and all the daily news from the John Smith's Stadium. You can customise the app to your own preferences and stay across everything you need to know, while joining the debate with Town fans in our comments section. Download the app by clicking here 3. Pipa Speaking of those pesky groin injuries… The right-back still has the small matter of Spain’s Under-21 Euros knockout campaign to deal with having helped them through the group stage in the March international break, and if fit he will be part of the squad to face Croatia in the quarter-finals on 31st May.
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. Even ignoring that injury that hampered his late-season form, he played far more senior football this season than he ever has before, and already looked to be feeling the effects of that after the turn of the new year. When at his best, was is perhaps the most dangerous attacking full-back in the whole division. Get the summer right, and he can be that once again.
4. Rolando Aarons, 5. Danny Grant, 6. Duane Holmes and 7. Sorba Thomas When asked last month about the side’s drop in form, Harry Toffolo hypothesised that some of the players who came into the side from January onwards may not have been in a position to get up to speed mid-season. He said: “The system we play is not a system that you can just dip your toe into and go in and out. "It's a system that you need to completely buy into and be immersed in it constantly, live it 24/7, otherwise you will get eaten up in it.” Corberan is going to have to give his players a refresher on the style of football he wants to see when the new season rolls around – and that will be especially useful to his January arrivals.
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8. Ryan Schofield The subject of much scrutiny over the final few weeks of the season, with many fans convinced he is not yet ready for Championship football. We’re not sure we’re quite there yet ourselves – there have been positive spells out of the young goalkeeper this season – but there’s no question he needs to take the summer to rebuild his confidence and work on that weakness dealing with high crosses into the box. Joel Pereira’s return to Manchester United and Jayson Leutwiler’s release have left Schofield as the only remaining senior goalkeeper at the club, and we’re interested to see what that means for him: will they recruit for a deputy, strong competition or a replacement? Unless someone where acquired before pre-season begins, Schofield’s performances on the training pitch could play a huge part in making (or un-making) that decision. Head of goalkeeping Paul Clements did a fantastic job helping to turn around Ben Hamer’s fortunes last summer. Can Schofield repeat the same trick?
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