Newly-promoted Huddersfield Town are likely to be setting transfer records every week. An £8.5m deal with FC Porto brings Laurent Depoitre to West Yorkshire and into the record books, according to FourFourTwo, with the promise of more to come.
After joining Porto last August, Depoitre failed to impress and was loaned back to his native Belgium, where he made just 4 appearances during the second half of the season.
David Wagner, the Terriers head coach, obviously sees something beyond his record of three goals in 17 appearances last season. What that is, Huddersfield supporters hope, will become immediately apparent.
Depoitre has one Belgian cap to his name, won against Andorra in 2015. Moving to the Premier League, he hopes, might improve his chances of adding to that total.
Averaging a goal every three games with Gent in the top flight of Belgian football, Porto took a chance that he would come good, in a €6m deal. That didn’t work out and the club which has a proven track record in turning profits on their squad players, decided to cash in.
The transfer market is inflated at the moment and with extra broadcasting revenues, the English clubs are ripe for plucking. Depoitre may prove to be a steal at €10m; if he does, Huddersfield’s expected battle against relegation may go better than many think.