Terriers on home soil against Premier League opposition
Huddersfield Town has a premier test ahead of their season opening fixture against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday when Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United are the visitors on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) at the John Smith’s Stadium, as Town rounds off its 2014/15 pre-season campaign.
In terms of results this pre-season, Town’s First Team has recorded five victories and two defeats. The campaign began with four successive victories against AEL Limassol (3-1), Doncaster Rovers (3-1), SC Portimonense (4-1) and Guiseley (4-1). However, the Terriers have lost against League 1 opposition. Newly promoted Scunthorpe beat Town 1-0, whilst Oldham recorded a 3-1 victory at Town’s expense.
Sandwiched between those defeats was an impressive display at Sheffield United, which earned Town a 1-0 win.
A foldout version of the Club’s match day publication Give Us An H will be available to purchase from the John Smith’s Stadium and PPG Canalside on Tuesday. Its main feature is the 2014/15 Huddersfield Town squad photo.
Like Town, Newcastle has also lost two friendlies to date against Malaga and Oldham. However, they are outweighed by wins over Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix, Sheffield Wednesday and Schalke 04.
Emmanuel Riviere – Monaco - £6m
£6 million summer signing Riviere played alongside some of the world’s top strikers last season. The 24 year-old battled with James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao for the starting spot at Monaco and did well, scoring ten goals in 30 appearances. With international and European experience under his belt, Riviere could be one to watch in the Premier League this season.
Darryl Janmaat – Feyenoord - £5m
Janmaat signed a six year deal with the Toon in July following six seasons in the Eredivisie with Feyenoord and Heerenveen. The attacking full back played in all of Holland’s group games at the World Cup and produced an assist in the 5-1 hammering of Spain. As a substitute in the Third Place Play-Off against Brazil he again produced an assist, this time for Georgino Wijnaldum.
Siem de Jong – Ajax - £6m
Like Janmaat, de Jong moved to the North East from the Eredivisie in the summer where he played at Ajax. The cultured midfielder is highly experienced at both club and international level and was in fine form for Ajax during their Champions League campaign of 2012/13. He netted three goals against Premier League champions Manchester City over two games.
Jack Colback – Sunderland – free transfer
Colback became the first player since Lionel Perez in 1998 to transfer directly from Sunderland to Newcastle. The talented left-footer can play in a variety of positions, but arguably his best role is from the centre of the pitch. He netted three times last season and was key as Sunderland beat the odds and survived the drop.
Remy Cabella – Montpellier – signed
Ayoze Perez – Tenerife – signed
Facundo Ferreyra – Shakhtar Donetsk – loan
At the request of Newcastle United, there will not be a tribute to fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney who died in the MH17 Malaysia Airlines crash at Tuesday’s friendly.
Newcastle and the families of both victims have instead decided to do a formal tribute ahead of their first home Premier League match.
Huddersfield Town offers its condolences to the families and friends of both John Alder and Liam Sweeney.