Huddersfield Town have made it to the Premier League after beating Reading in the Championship play-off final. As a result, the club stands to make close to £300 million if they manage to avoid relegation in the upcoming campaign. A number of loan players were crucial in writing the script for the club’s success this season. Among those names is goalkeeper Danny Ward, who is on loan from Liverpool.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper played in 43 league games and barely put a foot wrong. Manager David Wagner is so impressed by the goalkeeper that he sees him as an integral part of the club’s survival hopes in the upcoming 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
It appears that Wagner is keen on getting the player on another loan deal in the summer. The Terriers’ manager’s close relationship with Jurgen Klopp is likely to favour Ward not only moving to Huddersfield Town on a temporary basis, but perhaps joining the club permanently. After having spent the majority of his career on loan at various clubs like Morecambe and Aberdeen, the player is understood to be keen on a club that he can call as a permanent home.
A full Wales international, Ward made his debut for the national team in March and this has increased his transfer value substantially. Yet, Huddersfield Town are aware that a good goalkeeper is ideally worth around 5 to 10 points over the course of the campaign. These are extremely important points for a team that is expected to be fighting near the bottom of the table. Regarding making a move for Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town manager Wagner was quoted as saying by Sky Sports:
“I need to take a few weeks to get my head around it. I will have a lot of phone calls to make. I will call Jurgen, but not just to talk about Danny.”
Liverpool signed Ward from Wrexham five years ago. Back then, the Reds only paid a nominal transfer fee for the player. It is clear that he will struggle to establish as a first-team regular at Anfield, even with plenty of doubts surrounding Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius. This is down to the plethora of transfer rumours linking Liverpool with a move for England number one Joe Hart, who is available after exiting Torino. Even though Ward is 23-years old and is quite capable of featuring in the first team, Liverpool are unlikely to take any risks or gamble with regard to the goalkeeper positions.
Ward kept 11 clean sheets for Huddersfield as they managed to get promotion in unlikely circumstances. At the start of the season, the club were rated as one of the favourites for relegation. Wagner has managed to transform the fortunes of the club by employing Jurgen Klopp-style tactics.