Karlan Grant should snub Huddersfield Town and join Rangers instead
Charlton Athletic forward Karlan Grant is a man in demand. The 21-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract with the Addicks, is being chased by Scottish Premiership giants Rangers (h/t London Evening Standard). Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town are also strongly interested in signing the youngster. (h/t Alan Nixon of The Sun)
Having come through the youth ranks at Charlton, Grant made his first-team debut in September 2014 at the age of 17. Since then, the young attacker has gone on to make 97 appearances for the Addicks, scoring 21 times and setting up 10 more. He has also had short stints away on loan at Cambridge United (Jan-Feb 2016) and Crawley Town (Jan-May 2018).
Grant is enjoying his best season this time out. Having already bagged 14 goals and assisted 5 more in 27 League One matches, he has helped the Addicks to the fourth place in the English third division. The 21-year-old has been directly been involved in over 40% of his club’s goals in the League One and it is natural that clubs are lining up to sign him.
So, which club should Grant choose – Huddersfield or Rangers?
The Terriers find themselves in a difficult situation in the Premier League. Huddersfield are currently rooted to the bottom of the table in the English top-flight, having collected just 11 points from 23 matches so far, with just two wins.
Their latest game ended in a 3-0 defeat to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, following which they are eleven points below safety. Given their current plight, David Wagner quit from his managerial post earlier this month, with Huddersfield bringing in former Borussia Dortmund B team boss Jan Siewert as his replacement.
Goals, or lack thereof, has been a major concern for the Terriers this term. They have scored just 13 times in the Premier League – the lowest by any team. Defender Mathias ‘Zanka’ Jorgensen is the club’s leading scorer with 3 goals. Frontline strikers Steve Mounie, Laurent Depoitre and Adama Diakhaby have netted just one goal between them.
So, it makes total sense that Huddersfield are looking at a new striker and someone like Grant, who is young and has a solid all-around game would be a good addition.
While the Terriers are struggling at the bottom of the table, Rangers are fighting it out with bitter rivals Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title. The Gers, under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, are currently second in the Scottish top-flight, level on points with leaders Celtic.
It is clear that the Light Blues are a team on the rise, with their charge led by leading goalscorer Alfredo Morelos. However, the Gers lack a goal threat of a similar level of threat as the Colombian, with summer signing Kyle Lafferty not proving all that effective. While they have recruited Jermain Defoe on loan from Bournemouth, the Englishman is in the twilight of his career and will most likely be used as an impact substitute rather than the leading man.
Hence, the Gers’ interest in a dynamic, young forward like Grant, who has shown all the attributes of growing into a potent marksman in the coming years makes complete sense.
Huddersfield may offer the chance of Premier League football for Grant, but are currently in a spot of bother and with an inexperienced new manager at the helm, are very much likely to end up in the Championship next season.
On the other hand, Rangers are making huge strides under Gerrard and are competing for the league title against their arch-rivals. And even if they end up coming second in the title race, European football is a guarantee at the Ibrox Stadium next season. And that is why Grant would be better off choosing a move to Scotland rather than moving to Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Town signing this 21-time capped international ace would be the answer to their leaky backline
Huddersfield Town Opinion: Terriers should move for Keiren Westwood
The 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international is out of contract in the summer and a move to the John Smith’s Stadium looks likely to materialize for the popular figure at Hillsborough.
Westwood has managed an impressive 11 clean sheets from 18 appearances in the Championship this season after being reinstated as the club’s first choice between the sticks following the arrival of Steve Bruce.
Former manager Jos Luhukay favoured academy product Cameron Dawson as the No.1 earlier in the season but the Owls had the worst defensive record in the Championship under the Dutchman, having conceded 40 goals from 22 games.
That figure has come down significantly since Bruce’s arrival in December, with Westwood being an integral part of a backline that has shipped 14 goals in 19 games.
Boasting of a bagful of experience of playing in the lower divisions and capped by Ireland on 21 occasions at the senior international level, Westwood can be regarded as one of the most underrated goalkeepers in the lower echelons of English football in the recent era.
The veteran is still performing at the peak of his powers even at the age of 34 and it looks as if he has at least a season or two more left in his prime.
To put things into perspective, the acquisition of a hugely experienced shot-stopper like Westwood on a free transfer would be a massive coup for Huddersfield Town.
The Terries have already been relegated from the Premier League and they need to start planning for a successful season in the Championship next term. Westwood has loads of experience of playing in the second-tier and his reliable presence at the back should help them challenge for promotion back to the top flight.
Jonas Lossl has been the first choice between the sticks at the John Smith’s Stadium for large quarters of a disastrous season but Jan Siewert has omitted the Dane from the matchday squads for the last three games, with the manager trusting Englishman Ben Hamer to don the gloves.
However, Hamer hasn’t done any better than Lossl in recent weeks and came under criticism in the 4-1 defeat to Leicester City for his lacklustre performance. Moreover, Lossl is out of contract in the summer and Huddersfield would need to look at other options to fill in the void between the sticks.
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The Terriers have the second worst defensive record in the Premier League after Fulham, having shipped 67 goals from 34 games. Neither of the goalkeepers has done a great job and the fans have every reason to welcome Keiren Westwood with open arms.
That said, they should not hesitate to lure the veteran to the John Smith’s Stadium as he can contribute massively to their promotion push next season.
Aston Villa should not hesitate to raid Championship rivals and sign this prolific 23-goal hitman
Aston Villa Opinion: Neal Maupay would be an excellent signing for the Lions
According to the Mirror, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town are interested in signing Brentford forward Neal Maupay in the summer, with the Bees’ star showcasing his prolific nature in front of goal in the Championship this season.
The 22-year-old Frenchman has contributed with 23 goals and 7 assists from 40 appearances in the Championship this term and has been pivotal to Brentford’s success. However, with the Bees unlikely to finish in the promotion playoff places, they might find it difficult to keep hold of their star striker.
Maupay, who made his move to Griffin Park from French side St. Etienne for a fee of £1.6 million in the summer of 2017, has been a real revelation in the Championship and reports claim that Dean Smith is keen to reunite with the promising youngster at Villa Park, having previously worked with the Frenchman at Brentford.
The 22-year-old has established himself as a bona-fide goalscorer in the second-tier at Brentford and a move to either of the aforementioned clubs would be an ideal step in his career.
While Villa and Middlesbrough are fighting for the playoffs this season, Huddersfield will also be expected to challenge for promotion next season, having already been relegated from the Premier League.
Maupay has all the parts to make the step up to the Premier League in the coming days and would undoubtedly be a good signing for any promotion-chasing club.
To put things into perspective, Aston Villa would bag a massive coup if they manage to beat off competition from their rivals to get their hands on the coveted young prospect in the summer. In fact, the Lions should complete a swoop for the Brentford ace irrespective of where they play their football next season.
Tammy Abraham has been in blistering form at Villa Park this season, with the Chelsea loanee netting 24 goals in 36 games in the Championship so far.
The Englishman has quickly established himself as a firm fan favourite but his future still remains up in the air as Villa are likely to struggle to retain his services even if they manage to secure promotion.
The Lions do not have a quality back up for Abraham and that is exactly why the club’s links with the prolific Neal Maupay should be an exciting proposition for the fans.
Maupay lacks the aerial ability of someone like Abraham due to his relatively short stature but the Frenchman knows exactly how to combine his technical abilities with his upper body strength, not only holding the ball with his back to goal but also creating chances with his penchant for playing key passes in the final third.
Blessed with good instincts and awareness, Maupay not only has the ability to get into scoring positions inside the box but he excels with his link-up play as well.
Moreover, he can also fill in the boots of an attacking midfielder, with his versatility, quick feet and vision allowing him to operate as an attacking midfielder through the centre or out wide on the flanks.
The 22-year-old has averaged 3.3 shots and 1.3 key passes per game in the Championship this season, figures which underline his impact on the game.
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Villa currently sit inside the promotion playoff places following their recent resurgence in the Championship and the Lions might have a better chance of getting Maupay on their books if they manage to make it to the Premier League.
Brentford are unlikely to let him depart on the cheap but Villa’s financial muscle might give them an upper hand in this deal.
“Lucas on fire today”, “White Hart Lucas”: Some Tottenham fans react to Moura’s hattrick in 4-0 win vs Huddersfield + Match Report
Tottenham vs Huddersfield Town Predictions: Tottenham Match report
Lucas Moura scored the first hat-trick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs reclaimed third spot in the Premier League with a 4-0 rout of Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
With Harry Kane injured and Heung-Min Son rested ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes to his starting XI.
It was Victor Wanyama who got the ball rolling with a fabulous opening goal in the 24th minute. Fernando Llorente spun his marker but could not control the ball and it fell kindly into the path of Wanyama, who easily rounded the goalkeeper to slot home.
Tottenham doubled their lead three minutes later when Moura received Moussa Sissoko’s through ball and arrowed a shot into the bottom left-hand corner. Huddersfield had a good chance to half the deficit after 30 minutes through Jon Stankovic, but he headed wide from a set-piece.
Other than that, Tottenham were largely untroubled and went into the break 2-0.
Llorente hit the bar in the opening moments of the second half, Ben Davies drilling wide from the edge of the area as Spurs dominated. Moura tested Ben Hamer with a low drive and Huddersfield brought on striker Steve Mounie for Erik Durm to get back into the game. And they could have had one when Karlan Grant raced into the area but was unable to beat Hugo Lloris.
Aaron Mooy came on for Stankovic in another change for the visitors, while Danny Rose replaced Vertonghen and Son Heung-min came on for Llorente as Spurs also made late changes. And the hosts’ rounded off the afternoon in style, Moura smartly controlling Eriksen’s low cross with one foot before using the other to fire past Hamer.
The Brazilian then completed his hat-trick with an angled shot in stoppage time.
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Ecstatic with the big win over the relegated Huddersfield, here’s how some Tottenham fans reacted.
FIRST HAT-TRICK AT THE NEW STADIUM GOES TO MOURA!!!
— Kirill Besedin (@KirillBesedin) April 13, 2019
3 clean sheets
7 goals scored
— 🇬🇭乇koω Ayensu 乇ssαħ 🇬🇭 (@ekowayensu__) April 13, 2019
AMAZING PERFORMANCE THRASHING 4-0 WIN
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) April 13, 2019
Lucas on fire today 🔥
— Azhar Rashad (@azhar_rashad7) April 13, 2019
— 💀 (@vioathal) April 13, 2019
Well done boys ⚽️💙⚽️ #COYS
— Jade 💕 (@MissJade85) April 13, 2019
White Hart Lucas 😍
— Raj (@TheSissogoat) April 13, 2019
What a fantastic performance from the lads! and a great way to celebrate Kyle Walker Peters’s birthday!!!
COME ON YOU SPURS!!
— Tottenham fan 68 (@Tottenham_68) April 13, 2019
More of the same on Wednesday Coys💙💪🏻
— ritualsspursman (@ritualspursman) April 13, 2019
Well done lads! COYS
— Jay Read (@simplyjambo) April 13, 2019
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