Back in August, at the start of the 2017-18 Premier League season, Robbie Savage predicted Huddersfield would finish 20th.
“I like Aaron Mooy’s energy in midfield – but to stay up, Huddersfield will need somebody to score at least 15 goals… and I’m not sure they have that talisman who will lead them to the magic 40-point survival mark,” Savage said, before telling Huddersfield fans to “just enjoy the ride”.
It turns out that Savage was wrong on multiple fronts. Huddersfield didn’t need anyone to score 15 goals – Steve Mounie leads the way with nine.
The Terriers didn’t need to amass 40 points – 37 has proven to be enough to stay up.
And Huddersfield supporters have enjoyed the ride. And they’ll get to do it all again next season.
David Wagner’s side secured their Premier League status with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
The plaudits quickly poured in as Huddersfield achieved something that many honestly didn’t think they could.
Huddersfield players celebrated
The players celebrated with the fans at full-time and Wagner revealed in his post-match press conference that a messy evening was being planned.
The team cancelled their scheduled flight back to Yorkshire and decided instead to travel back by coach, allowing for more drinking time.
“The guys just said we cancelled the flight,” Wagner said.
“They want to go back by coach. They have 48 hours and what they say we’ll do. We’ll go back by coach.”
Huddersfield play Arsenal on Sunday and their fans probably won’t mind if the Gunners turn up to the John Smith’s Stadium and leave with a 5-0 win.
Wagner, who did his friend Jurgen Klopp a favour by holding Chelsea to a draw, admitted that staying up is a bigger achievement than last season’s promotion to the top flight.
“This season we were predicted to be a team relegated by miles, and I understand it,” he added. “We work under circumstances which are not even Championship circumstances.
“But part of our DNA, the Huddersfield Town DNA, is to try it. To have passion, desire… how big you are doesn’t count. It’s about trying everything.
“We are humble. We are ambitious, too. We search a chance in every game.
“It’s an incredible achievement for us. It feels like another trophy.”