Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield

Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield

The 35-year-old former Fulham, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City defender, who has played over 100 games for the Terriers since joining in 2014, has made a decision to call time on his career. One club is playing in the top tier of English football for the first time in 45 years.

The availability of star man Wilfried Zaha will boost Palace's confidence, as the Ivory Coast global will nearly certainly create problems for David Wagner's men, should he be given the chance.

He will slot straight into head coach David Wagner's technical staff as he studies for his UEFA A License.

The 22-year-old, one of eight new arrivals at the West Yorkshire club, was brought in to improve Huddersfield's goal-scoring record after they got promoted with a negative goal difference last season.

Huddersfield full-back Tommy Smith registered 10 assists in the Championship last season, five more than any other defender; six of those assists were provided for striker Elias Kachunga.

Hudson signed a new three-year contract at Huddersfield in April 2016 with a move to the coaching staff in mind.

Christian Benteke guarantees goals in attack and handling the big Belgian is likely to be a rude awakening to life in the top-flight for Town, who are tasting Premier League action for the first time in the club's history. Huddersfield want to show they can stay in the Premie League so they will show a lot of energy.

"He is a huge influence in our dressing room, a total professional with a winning mentality, and that was why securing his future to Huddersfield was so important".

Widely dismissed as contenders for relegation before they had even kicked a ball, they produced a typically-energetic display to outclass their experienced hosts, earn three vital points and climb to first place.

"I believe the qualities that Mark has as a person and a footballer should make him an excellent coach".

I am barely interested in who wins the Premier League, because it doesn't ever involve us.

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