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How boss might set Town up next season.


CARLOS Corberan will welcome his full Terriers squad back to Canalside for pre-season training next week, and the head coach is sure to have his mind full of ideas about how he wants to approach things for the season ahead.

The Town boss acknowledges he learned a huge amount in his first season as the main decision-maker at a Championship club and it will be intriguing to see what adaptations he makes for the season ahead - or whether he will look to go again with his core principles knowing he should have a stronger and deeper squad than last year.

Here's just a few of the decisions Corberan will have had to consider.


One of the core tenets of Corberan's style that made itself immediately apparent in pre-season last year was his desire for defenders to start building the play from the back.

That approach was responsible for some of the best moves and finest goals Town scored in the first few months of last season, but it was also the cause of some of their most embarrassing moments.

Things only got worse in the second half of the season after injuries robbed Town of the quality passing of Carel Eiting through the middle and the non-stop running of Harry Toffolo.

Opposition sides also got wise to Town's ploy and learned to simply drop back and hold their shape. | |WHAT'S PLAN B FOR HUDDERSFIELD TOWN?

We've noted before that Jordan Rhodes' arrival coupled with a less injury-hit season for Danny Ward would give Corberan more options up top than he had the luxury of last season, but so far there is no aerial specialist on the books.

A recent link to Accrington striker Colby Bishop suggests pursuing such a striker may not be completely off the table.

Last season there were times when Corberan opted to use 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 from the off, whether that was with three out-and-out centrebacks or two proper defenders and a midfielder slotting in.

So is three at the back the starting point for the alternative formations of choice for next year?

Does the idea of playing Koroma in a front two hold much appeal, and if so what's the shape behind that - 3-5-2? Diamond? Straight up good old-fashioned 4-4-2?


Another feature of Corberan's style was man-to-man marking.

That was another of those principles that fell by the wayside, not just because of the injuries but also because of last season's uniquely compact schedule - but the worst defensive record in the Championship tells you that work is needed both on and off the ball.


Carel Eiting

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2021
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