Championship Fan Preview - Barnsley, Cardiff & Hull

Huddersfield Town's Championship season starts in little over 10 days with the visit of Derby County. With pre-season almost over many fans are looking forward to the new campaign with excitement, hope and expectancy.


The Championship landscape has changed considerably since Town's promotion in 2017, leaving many fans unsure of what to expect. With that in mind we got in touch with a number of fans from different clubs to get their thoughts ahead of the new season.


In our first club-by-club preview we get the lowdown on recently promoted Barnlsey, fellow relegated side Cardiff City and perennial crisis club Hull City.



Barnsley - Lucy Dawn


What’s the mood amongst fans ahead of the new season? Quiet optimism? Exuberant confidence or downright pessimism?


I guess most of our fans this season are fairly optimistic. We’ve brought in a good number of players, some not so proven at this level so we’ll have to hit the ground running, but all in all the majority seem to have optimistic expectations of the team.


Happy with your manager?


I am very happy with Daniel Stendel. It was his first season in English football last season and look where he got us! His style of play is also very good to watch. It has been a while since I’ve seen enjoyable football and I’m looking forward to more of it this coming season.


Key Player?


In my opinion Cauley Woodrow is key. Of course, he is a striker so his job is to score for us. Hopefully he’ll aim higher than last season. I think Alex Mowatt and Cam McGeehan are also key players in their role as midfield partners. Their partnership last season was also a notable one.



Weak Link?


Possibly players in defence. We’ve had a fairly big shake up, losing both Ethan Pinnock and Liam Lindsay at the end of the season. Both players had great seasons last season. Keeping hold of at least Pinnock was a must you could say. As mentioned above, we’re going to have to hit the ground running and our new centre backs are going to have to prove themselves.


First choice XI;


4-4-2


Radlinger

Cavare

Anderson

Diaby

Pinillos

Brown

Mowatt

McGeehan

Thiam

Woodrow

Moore/Chaplin


We will finish: Fairly optimistic that we’ll finish mid-table,so I’m going to say 14th


Top Two: Fulham and Swansea


Play-offs: Wouldn’t be surprised to see West Brom up there. Cardiff, Leeds (pains me to say that!) and Derby.


Bottom Three: Luton, Birmingham and Reading


Huddersfield: Hopefully they’ll finish in a similar position to us. Love an away day at Huddersfield.


Thoughts on Huddersfield


It was disappointing to see Huddersfield relegated back to the Championship. Hopefully they’ll have a good season. Back to back relegation won’t be good for them; I’m fairly sure though that they are equipped enough to stay in this league (for now). As mentioned above, I think they’ll end up in a similar position to us. Anything higher (for either team) will be a mega bonus, and possibly beyond what is expected of the season.


Where can we find you?


Find me on Twitter

@LucyDawn89


Cardiff City - Scott Salter


What’s the mood amongst fans ahead of the new season? Quiet optimism? Exuberant confidence or downright pessimism?


Quietly confident I think. We all expected to get relegated, really. While we fought hard and battled all last season, the expectation was to be playing Championship football in 2019/20. The club's business last year reflects that and it leaves us with an extremely strong Championship squad. I'd say we're all aiming for the play-offs, as a minimum. 


Happy with your manager?


Absolutely. Warnock is a real hit with the Cardiff fans, both on and off the pitch. He joined the club at a time when we were in a mess (again both on and off the pitch!) and he's absolutely turned that around. He's managed upwards and has done superbly to control Vincent Tan and get him back on board! There's no better manager to be chasing promotion. 


Key Player?


There's a few really important players but the expectation is that Bobby Decordova-Reid will be our key player this season. He was unlucky last year that we also signed Victor Camarasa, who was superb. It meant Reid's minutes in his favourite #10 position were limited. A proven goalscorer at this level, I think Warnock will build the team around Reid this year. 



Weak Link?


At the moment, I'd say it's up front. We've just sold Ken Zohore for £8mil to West Brom (a great deal in my opinion) but it means we're even shorter in an area where we needed reinforcements anyway. Hopefully the club can get a striker in before the start of the season. 


First choice XI:


4-2-3-1


Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Ralls, Vaulks; Mendez-Laing, Reid, Murphy; Striker (at the moment it's likely that'll be Danny Ward or Omar Bogle)

We will finish: 3rd

Top Two: Fulham & Leeds

Play-offs: Cardiff, Brentford, West Brom, Huddersfield

Bottom Three: Barnsley, Charlton & Wigan. Thoughts on Huddersfield


Probably gone under the radar compared to the other relegated sides I'd say. A strong squad and not too dissimilar to Cardiff's I'd say. I wasn't convinced by what I saw of Siewert last year and it may by be tough for him to adjust to life in the Championship while still trying to ultimately change the way that you play. 


Where can we find you?


I'm on Twitter @scottsltr, the View From The Ninian team is at @VFTNinian and www.viewfromtheninian.com


Hull City - Jonty Colman


What’s the mood amongst fans ahead of the new season? Quiet optimism? Exuberant confidence or downright pessimism?


A lot of Hull City fans are still disappointed to see the back of Nigel Adkins, but as the weeks and months of speculation continued to drag on, it is no wonder that he was unable to sign new terms under the Allams’ ownership.


Since Grant McCann first arrived, he has tried to change the playing style, attempting to turn the Tigers’ brand of football into a high-pressing, attack-minded one that the Northern Irish boss is hopeful that will allow City to build on their 13th-place finish from last season. The five signings he has already made are all set for to be long-term coups, but between them, they have just 15 Championship appearances to their name, which will be an area of concern.


Happy with your manager?


McCann did well with Doncaster Rovers last season and if it had not have been for a penalty shootout defeat to Charlton Athletic in last season’s League One play-off semi-finals, Doncaster and McCann could well have earned promotion a few months ago.


Key Player? Jarrod Bowen



Weak Link?


Up front - Tom Eaves has minimal Championship experience and Nouha Dicko has struggled for goals ever since first moving to the KCOM Stadium.


First choice XI: 4-3-3: Matt Ingram; Eric Lichaj; Recce Burke, Jordy de Wijs, Stephen Kingsley; Daniel Batty, Markus Henriksen, Jackson Irvine; Jarrod Bowen, Tom Eaves, Kamil Grosicki


We will finish: 17th - It will be a tough season for City, but they should have more than enough to steer clear of the bottom three.


Top Two: Fulham and West Bromwich Albion


Play-offs: Leeds United, Derby County, Cardiff City and Brentford


Bottom Three: Millwall, Wigan Athletic and Charlton Athletic


Huddersfield: 11th


Thoughts on Huddersfield


Still feeling the effects of David Wagner’s exit, have not lost too many first team players so the drop down won’t be a shock for too many players, but I would be surprised to see Aaron Mooy and Phillip Billing still there at the end of the transfer window and midfield could be a significant difficulty if they both leave.


Where can we find you? @JontyColman and via hulldailymail.co.uk

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