Three players make their first Huddersfield Town starts!
- Huddersfield Town side named to face Wigan Athletic
- Head Coach Danny Schofield makes four changes
- Michał Helik, Luke Mbete & David Kasumu make first starts
Huddersfield Town Head Coach Danny Schofield has made four changes to the starting line-up for tonight’s Sky Bet Championship game against Wigan Athletic; 7.45pm kick-off at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The headline news is that Michał Helik, Luke Mbete and David Kasumu all make their first Town starts this evening!
Helik, who turned 27 on Friday, is very experienced in the division through his time with previous club Barnsley. He replaces Club Captain Jonathan Hogg, who is absent with the calf injury that forced him off in our most recent game against Blackpool.
It’s a Sky Bet Championship debut for Manchester City loanee Mbete, who comes in at the expense of Kaine Kesler-Hayden in a reshuffle of the defence. Aston Villa loanee Kesler-Hayden is a substitute tonight.
Kasumu is back following the hamstring injury he sustained as a substitute on debut for Town in the season-opener against Burnley. He makes his first Championship start at the expense of Jon Russell, who is on the bench.
The final change in tonight’s starting XI sees Duane Holmes make his first start in four games, with Tino Anjorin switching to the substitutes’ bench.
With Mbete and Kasumu joining our match day squad, young midfielder Etienne Camara drops out of the 18 to make way.
Schofield is without Matty Pearson (foot), Jonathan Hogg (calf), Will Boyle (hip) and Tyreece Simpson (knee).
Danny Ward makes his 150th competitive start for Huddersfield Town this evening, whilst Lee Nicholls faces his former club – the goalkeeper came through the Wigan Athletic Academy before making 12 senior appearances for the Latics.
Town’s team vs Wigan Athletic
21. Lee Nicholls
2. Ollie Turton
3. Luke Mbete
7. Sorba Thomas
18. David Kasumu
19. Duane Holmes
22. Jack Rudoni
25. Danny Ward
32. Tom Lees (c)
33. Yuta Nakayama
39. Michał Helik
Nicholas Bilokapic; Jon Russell, Tino Anjorin, Jordan Rhodes, Josh Ruffels, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, Pat Jones