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Visiting striker says 52,000 inside St James Park is no big deal

5 years ago

Whilst most Championship players will be looking forward to the novelty of playing in front of 50,000 fans at St James Park, a number of today’s opponents will be unfazed by the experience.

Huddersfield are enjoying life under David Wagner, the Terriers manager having learnt his trade working under Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund.

Whilst some were tipping Huddersfield as relegation favourites, they could yet prove a surprise package this season.

They kicked off their Championship campaign with a 2-1 win over Brentford and this was achieved without last season’s top scorer Nahki Wells, who is on his way back from injury.

David Wagner has used his knowledge and experience in the Bundesliga to identify a number of players to boost Huddersfield and one of these is Elias Kachunga.

The 24-year-old striker is on a season-long loan from Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt and has played in front of crowds almost 30,000 higher than what he’ll experience at St James Park today.

With two goals already, Kachunga has settled in straight away, though he got an idea of the depth of football strength in this country when Shrewsbury Town beat the Terriers in the League Cup this week.

Whilst the Huddersfield striker shouldn’t have any problem coping with the crowd today, hopefully a packed St James Park will help spark a far better Newcastle United team than we saw at Craven Cottage eight days ago.

Elias Kachunga talking to the Huddersfield Examiner:

“I have played in front of massive crowds in Dortmund and Munich so this is not the biggest for me.

“The atmosphere in England is a little bit different to in Germany but big crowds don’t make me nervous, I just love playing in front of lots of fans.

“We are looking forward to the game, we know Newcastle are a big club and have come from the Premier League but we are a young team and a hungry team.

“When we give 100% we have a chance to beat Newcastle and we have a chance to beat any team.”


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