Fair to say that Huddersfield Town are one of those clubs that Newcastle fans would hope to be above next season.
Not arrogant either to say that we would expect to be higher than them as well, with Newcastle having so much more scope than the West Yorkshire club.
Things don’t always work out like that but it is reasonable to think NUFC should be pushing on next season and finishing above Huddersfield Town being the least of our worries.
However…fair play to the Terriers who were promoted alongside the Magpies just over 12 months ago.
Their owners showed massive ambition, easily outspending Newcastle in the transfer market, with indeed a net spend several times higher than that allowed by Mike Ashley.
They broke their club’s transfer record in summer 2017 and once again in January 2018, in the meantime Rafa Benitez was having to shop for bargains and went public, saying he hadn’t been able to compete with either Brighton or Huddersfield Town on wages and transfer fees.
Friday has brought news of a further statement of intent from Huddersfield, they brought in Dutch international defender Terence Kongolo on loan from Monaco in January to help ensure they stayed up.
Kongolo did really well and was a key player as David Wagner’s team stayed up relatively comfortably in the end.
Acting quickly to secure him, Huddersfield have now signed him on a permanent deal, as confirmed by the Premier League official site (see below).
Terence Kongolo cost £13m from Feyenoord when Monaco bought him in 2017 and no surprise that his value has risen, especially in this market, with L’Equipe saying that their information from the French end of things, is that Huddersfield Town have agreed to pay 20m euros (approx £17.6m) plus bonuses depending on hitting various targets.
So not only does the fact that Newcastle’s transfer record is 13 years old, stand out like a sore thumb – but Huddersfield now join the likes of Bournemouth, Southampton, Stoke, Swansea, West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Watford, as having a higher transfer record amount than Newcastle United.
You can’t help but look at Huddersfield pushing the boat out to make January loan signing Kongolo permanent, then compare it with Newcastle United and Mike Ashley seemingly having no intention of backing Rafa Benitez to do the same with Kenedy.
Premier League Official Website:
‘Huddersfield Town have announced that Terence Kongolo has completed a permanent transfer to the club.
‘The 24-year-old defender joined Huddersfield Town on loan from Monaco in January and made 13 league appearances to help the Terriers secure a second Premier League season.
‘The Dutchman has signed a four-year contract at Huddersfield Town, joining for a club-record fee.
‘He is the club’s second signing after goalkeeper Ben Hamer agreed to sign from Leicester City from 1 July.’