Reports from BBC sports and Sky Sports have both confirmed Huddersfield’s successful signing of Karlan Grant for an undisclosed fee this morning. Previous reports suggested that Rangers were willing to meet the £2million valuation of the Charlton striker yet it seems the lure of Huddersfield was too much to turn down.
This signing comes the following morning after a 1-0 defeat to an Everton side that finished with 10 men on the pitch. Huddersfield Town are clearly lacking firepower this season having only scored 13 in the Premier League – a total that is seven goals behind the next worst goalscorers Cardiff City. Fans will surely be hoping for an immediate impact as Grant will be available for the game against Chelsea this Saturday.
Grant is Jan Siewert’s first signing since taking charge of Huddersfield on the 21st January. Although the Terriers still sit in a very precarious place deep in the relegation zone, it is a positive move signing an in-form striker. Jan Siewert himself said that their “recruitment team had put a lot of work into bringing Karlan” to the club and you can see why. The 21-year-old has scored 14 goals this season for Charlton and despite his goals coming in League One, Huddersfield fans will be hoping his confidence will continue his form in the Premier League.
For those unaware of Grant’s talent, he is a young and pacey striker who is not to be considered a target man. As Siewert described: “He offers us something different to our current options in that he always tries to play on the shoulder of the final defender, looking to run in behind”.
However, signing such an unproven player in England’s top division on a three and half year deal almost seems like they are preparing for life in the Championship already. Without judging this a negative move, who can really blame them? You only have to look at 19th placed Fulham who have a current net spend of £90million this season who may also get relegated. If they do so, they will do so with very limited long-term security of such expensive signings including Mitrović, Mawson, Seri and Anguissa.
In retrospect, signing youngsters for the future to regain promotion to the Premier League may be the smartest idea. Particularly if they will be beating many teams by completing their business in January rather than waiting until the summer. Fans, however will not have given up hope just yet and will be awaiting further signings before the deadline in the hope to make another great escape from the relegation zone in successive seasons.