Huddersfield Town's Transfer Window Rated

After a hectic last few days of the transfer window the dust is now beginning to settle on Huddersfield Town’s January transfer business. In this piece our chief writer John takes a look back at all the major incomings and outgoings from the month, giving each deal its own rating.

Aaron Mooy

From: Huddersfield Town

To: Brighton

Deal: Loan made permanent

Fee: £5.4 million

Transfer rating: D

In my mind there is no doubting Aaron mooy’s quality, he is comfortably the best player I have ever seen in a Town shirt. In the past few months the Australian’s performances have caught the eye for Brighton in the Premier League, which was good news for Huddersfield Town.

Mooy’s price tag seemed to be rising with every impressive performance, so imagine my horror when I see that a fee of £5.4 million had been agreed between Town and Brighton. What!?

Aaron is worth far more than that. Some have claimed that the loan fee was substantial enough to have bulked out the overall deal. Although, unless the original loan fee was £10 million, I can’t help but feel we’ve been robbed with this transfer.

Had Mooy refused to sign a contract extension and remained at the club, I would have accepted £5 million in January as par for the course. However, he didn’t do that, he signed a contract extension to help the club get a sizeable transfer fee for him. Patently, that hasn’t happened.

Adama Diakhaby

From: Huddersfield Town

To: Nottingham Forest

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: B

Last week I received an email from a Nottingham Forest blogger asking for my views on Adama Diakhaby. My response of, “f*cking sh*t” obviously didn’t cut the mustard as it wasn’t included in the finished article.

Whilst my reply may have been flippant, it was honest. Adama Diakhaby is the third-worst signing in the history of Huddersfield Town, only behind Isaac Mbenza and Ramadan Sobhi.

Earlier in the campaign we were all treated to glimpses of talent from Diakhaby, but unfortunately there was little in the way of end product.

Fans could have accepted this had Diakhaby demonstrated his willingness to play for the club and work hard on the pitch. Unfortunately he has done no such thing. His attitude reeks and his footballing intelligence is non-existent.

Getting him out of the club was a must and I’m pleased to see that he has left, even if it is only a short-term basis. Hopefully he can hoodwink the Forest hierarchy and secure a permanent deal there in the summer.

Terence Kongolo

From: Huddersfield Town

To: Fulham

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: B

I have had a bee in my bonnet about Terence Kongolo ever since he arrived at the club on loan from Monaco. The Dutch defender impressed Town fans with his never say die attitude and his propensity to make last-ditch tackles.

As an (admittedly poor) defender by trade, the very mention of ‘last-ditch tackles’ starts the alarm bells ringing in my head. Why is he making so many last ditch tackles? Is it because he’s always out of position? Does he not have the ability to read the game as well as Schindler and Zanka?

I felt at the time that we got hoodwinked by Monaco with the fee that we paid, and feel even more aggrieved about it now. For the past 12 months Kongolo has been one of the ‘disgraces’ that have downed tools and made the job of our managers incredibly hard.

Once again, I’m delighted to see him go and hope with all my heart that he does enough to trigger a large bid from the Craven Cottage club in the summer.

Isaac Mbenza

From: Huddersfield Town

To: Amiens

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: A

This deal is potentially my favourite of the entire transfer window. Flogging Diakhaby to Nottingham Forest must have been tough, but at least the club had a show reel of sorts to show to the Forest scouts.

When it comes to Mbenza, what do we show other clubs? Instagram videos of him getting his hair cut? The man has done next to nothing for Huddersfield Town and I am delighted to see him go, even if it is only on loan.

Florent Hadergjonaj

From: Huddersfield Town

To: Kasimpasa

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: B

I’ve never rated Hadergjonaj and have always thought that he was stealing a living at Huddersfield Town. Obviously the rest of Europe has had a similar opinion of the Tin Tin impersonator.

Hadergjnoanj’s dream of a big move to Serie A giants Lazio went up in smoke and now he finds himself at Kasimpasa, the whipping boys of the Turkish Super Lig, which says it all really.

Jonas Lossl

From: Everton

To: Huddersfield Town

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: A

What. A. Signing. Lossl is by far the best ‘keeper I’ve seen in a Town shirt in my nearly 20 years of supporting the club. The injury to Kamil Grabara was unfortunate last week, but the fact that it paved way for the return of Jonas Lossl is a major plus to the club.

The Dane was one of the few players to have emerged from last season with any semblance of credit, so it is good to see him back. Hopefully, we can bring him back on a permanent basis in the summer.

Emile Smith Rowe

From: Arsenal

To: Huddersfield Town

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: A+

If you’re under any illusions as to the quality of Emile Smith Rowe, have a read of the comments that Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg have made about the youngster.

Smith Rowe is of the highest quality and will go on to be, at the very least a good quality Premier League player. Bringing him in for the remainder of the season is a masterstroke from our recruitment team.

Andy King

From: Leicester City

To: Huddersfield Town

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: B-

Whilst Andy King may not feature on a regular basis for the remainder of the season, he is an important acquisition for Town.

I truly feel that we never really filled the void in the dressing room left by Hudson, Whitehead and Hefele. Characters of the like of King are just a small step back to redressing that issue and bulking our squad out with ‘good eggs’.

Harry Toffolo

From: Lincoln City

To: Huddersfield Town

Deal: Rumoured £500,000

Transfer rating: A

Jaden Brown has performed admirably at left-back thus far this season, especially when you consider that his ambitions would have been set firmly on the EDT squad at the beginning of the season.

However, we needed reinforcements in that position and Harry Toffolo is an undoubted improvement. The former Lincoln man is good defensively and provides us with an attacking outlet that we have been missing since the departure of Chris Lowe.

Richard Stearman

From: Sheffield United

To: Huddersfield Town

Deal: Free – 18 month contract

Transfer rating: A

Jon Stankovic appeared to be doing little wrong in the absence of Tommy Eplhick, until the arrival of Richard Stearman. The former Blades centre back has brought a calming presence to our defence whilst simultaneously bringing the best out of Christopher Schindler.

At his age (32), he may well be a stop gap, but we could have done much worse than bringing him in.

Chris Willock

From: Benfica

To: Huddersfield Town

Deal: Loan until end of season

Transfer rating: A

The former Arsenal winger was regarded highly by the decision makers at The Emirates Stadium, and they were indeed sad to see him leave for Portuguese side Benfica.

Like Smith Rowe, Willock has all the attributes that he needs to go on and perform at a high level in the Premier League. Hopefully he can demonstrate some of his skill for the remainder of the season at Huddersfield Town, which will be much needed considering our lack of options on the wings.

Overall transfer rating: A

All in all this has been one of the best transfer windows in recent times for Huddersfield Town. Players who add nothing but a stinking attitude to the club have all been shipped out, and whilst they may only be out on loan, it is refreshing to have got them out of the club and reduced our wage bill somewhat.

In terms of incomings, genuine quality has been supplemented with experience and character, which we have been absent of in recent times. The best summation of our transfer business this January could come from Jonas Lossl.

After returning to the club he might reasonably walk into the dressing room on his first day of training and ask Christopher Schindler, “Where are all the arseholes?” That in itself would be a glowing endorsement of the business that the club has done in this past month.

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