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David Webb explains where Huddersfield Town stand on January transfers

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Huddersfield Town’s head of football operations David Webb admits some first-team players may leave the club in January, but says the club are prepared to deal with that regardless of who were to go.

14 players were either sold, loaned out or released during the summer transfer window following Town’s relegation from the Premier League, and while Webb cannot rule out further exits, he insists deals will only be done if it is right for the club.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds’ West Yorkshire Sport Daily Show, he said: “I think any club that comes down from the Premier League there’s always going to be that transition.

“There’s always going to be that transition of players where players will see themselves and expectations where they might see their career paths or their journey somewhere else, i.e. back to the Premier League or different clubs in the Bundesliga or La Liga et cetera.

“We were aware of that and obviously there could be a situation in January where we look at that into more depth and look at what’s right for the club and for the players, for the individuals, and assess that accordingly.”

He added: “I think with all of our players it’s a case by case basis really, so it’s [not about] saying any particular player has to go.

“What we’re saying it’s an individual case and in my job you always think about the club’s objectives first and what we need, then obviously look at the players’ objectives and what they need, then we sort of marry the two together and sort of come up with a decision that benefits all.”

 

So who might we expect to come in?

Webb said: “It’s interesting at the moment because we haven’t been given a specific position as such because Danny and Nicky [Cowley] have only been in since September so they’re still assessing the squad, if you like, getting to know the characters, getting to know the individuals, getting to know the systems.

“So I wouldn’t say there’s been a standout position that’s been highlighted as much, no revealing position on that. We always prepare for multiple scenarios, it’s all about the what-ifs: ‘what if this situation occurs, what if that’.

“So as a club, especially on the recruitment, we’re prepared for those multiple facets of what’s going to face us.”

Webb also hinted that the club may look to dip back into the loan market if the right opportunity were to present itself.

Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah and Liverpool’s Kamil Grabara have both been first-team regulars for the Terriers after arriving on loan this summer, appearing in every game for which they have been fit, and a third move for Everton’s attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell was all but agreed in the summer before he instead moved on loan to Derby.

Webb said: “I think the loan market is very under-rated for clubs.

“When you’ve got the Premier League and an abundance of talent especially in the under-23s or players on the fringe of Premier League teams and not quite getting games, they’ll look to get out and develop those players.

“I think they can become a benefit for all clubs, depending on what you need in what positions and what your needs and requirements are. We wouldn’t be averse if the right options come available to us and players that fit the qualities that we want.”

You can listen to the entire interview with Webb, along with David Threlfall-Sykes and Leigh Bromby, on the BBC website.



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