Huddersfield Town’s 2022/23 Championship campaign got off to a disappointing start last night.
Hosting Burnley at John Smith’s Stadium, the Terriers were beaten 1–0, with Ian Matsen striking the gap between the two sides on the scoreline in the 18th minute.
It was a disappointing first-half performance from Danny Schofield, who, after the introduction of Tino Anjorin and Jack Rudoni in the second half, saw a much better side.
The news that surfaced after the match about Matty Pearson was perhaps even more damaging than the outcome.
On crutches last night, Pearson suffered a sustained period after sustaining a leg injury in the club’s pre-season friendly match against Bolton.
severe blow to #htafc, Matty Pearson is facing “constant periods” with a leg injury. Was on crutches tonight.
— Alfie Burns (@burnsAlfie) 29 July 2022
Consequently, when asked whether it was too early to tell whether the club would need to move to the transfer market for a second centre-half, Schofield had the following to say.
“I don’t think it’s too early to say.” Terriers Boss explained.
“We always want to strengthen the team and with Matty” [Pearson] Injuries are taking place which will be one area that we will probably be looking at.”
Huddersfield Town’s next match comes as an away trip to Birmingham City, once again on Friday night.
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Given the loss of Lewis O’Brien and Harry Toffolo after moving to Nottingham Forest, another mainstay of last year’s injury to Matty Pearson before the start of the season is a major loss for Huddersfield.
The club has already drawn the likes of Will Boyle and Yuta Nakayama, however, neither are proven Championship options, and as such, Scofield is looking to make another addition in light of last night’s news.
Whether this option becomes available, however, remains to be seen.
With the exception of Jack Rudoni, the club has dealt with most loan signings and free transfers so far this summer, so you’d think he’d have to be one of them again if Schofield were to add a central defender.
At this stage of the summer, the best free agents have been laid off, so perhaps the loan route may be best for Terriers.