The Warmdown: Reflections from Huddersfield Town's season
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With Huddersfield Town's Championship campaign over for another season, they may look back with disappointment at their inconsistent form over the course of the last eight months, but at the same time, they may be counting their blessings that they did enough to avoid the dropzone in what proved to be on of the most dramatic climaxes to a Championship season.

While everyone involved with the West Yorkshire side will be taking a well-deserved break, attention will soon shift to next season and what the Terriers can improve to ensure they are fighting at the other end of the Championship table.

Here are some reflections from their 2020-2021 season, the first with Spanish coach Carlos Corberan at the helm.

A poorer placing than last season

Ultimately, when you reflect on this season from a Huddersfield perspective, one thing you can't ignore is the fact that they have finished worse off in the Championship table than they did last season.

While Huddersfield did cut their wage budget significantly in the transition between last season and this season, they will surely feel disappointed that they've been embroiled in a relegation dog fight for the second season running.

But if Huddersfield are going to give a better account of themselves next season Carlos Corberan must be backed, with a similar budget to that which his predecessor Danny Cowley had, because the former Doxa boss hasn't pulled up any trees on a shoestring budget.

A goalkeeping dilemma all season

Another significant takeaway from the Huddersfield Town season has to be the indecisiveness regarding who starts in goals for the Terriers.

Ben Hamer, now of Swansea City, was the first choice goalkeeper in pre-season and started the season strongly before an injury offered a chance to the academy graduate Ryan Schofield, which the hometown boy took.

However, towards the latter stages of the season, Schofield's form has dropped off slightly and despite an impressive overall breakthrough season questions will be asked whether the 21-year-old has done enough to retain his status for next season. Carlos Corberan must be more decisive over who starts in goal next season be it Schofield or a new addition, with a goalkeeper certain to arrive in West Yorkshire over the summer, due to the departures of Jayson Leutwiler and Joel Pereira. But ultimately the confusion hasn't benefited anyone, particularly Schofield who's suffered due to a lack of competition for his place in the team.

A new striker a must

Perhaps what has failed Corberan the most in his first season at the helm in Huddersfield has been the lack of firepower in attack and it's quite clear ahead of next season a new striker must come through the doors of the John Smith's Stadium.

While Fraizer Campbell has signed a new contract, the Terriers have made the decision to let go of duo Yaya Sanogo and Oumar Niasse at the expiration of their contracts, with injuries preventing the latter of the two from even appearing once for the West Yorkshire outfit.

While Campbell is worthy of a new contract, he perhaps isn't worthy of being Huddersfield's first-choice striker and Corberan and co must bring in at least one striker with pedigree over the next couple of months.

Spanish players sparkle

Two of Huddersfield Town's best performers of the season were unsurprisingly the two Spanish players in their squad, Alex Vallejo and Pipa.

The duo put in some mightily impressive displays over the course of the campaign for the Terriers and were perhaps the two players must comfortable playing Carlos Corberan's demanding style of play.

This should provide food for thought for Huddersfield and the West Yorkshire side should seriously contemplate exploiting the Spanish market once again in preparation for next season.

Some impressive showings

In spite of the below-par season, Huddersfield have had a handful of wonderful team performances over the course of the season that can't be ignored.

None more so than their magnificent display at home to playoff team Swansea City back in February as they annihilated the South Wales-based side 4-1.

Rather surprisingly some of the Terriers finest showings of the season have come against the sides fighting at the other end of the Championship table and if they can add consistency to their performances next season, they should have no problems mixing it with the very best the division has to offer.

Big season ahead for breakthrough star Edmonds-Green

Alongside the aforementioned Ryan Schofield, the other player to make a first-team breakthrough with Huddersfield this season is fellow academy graduate, Rarmarni Edmonds-Green.

The 22-year-old has made 24 league outings for the Terriers this season and should see more opportunities come his way next season, with a handful of the Terriers defensive options leaving, including club legend Christopher Schindler. 

While Huddersfield will undoubtedly be in the market for a handful of defensive options over the summer they will surely hand more chances to Edmonds-Green who is highly regarded at West Yorkshire and will be looking to solidify his place in the heart of the defence next season, after an impressive breakthrough campaign.

These are just a few conclusions to take out of the 2020-2021 season for Huddersfield and it's important that the Terriers faithful stay positive because if the West Yorkshire side can rebuild well over the summer and right the wrongs of this season, they could be in a position to be competitive at the other end of the Championship table.