Premier League new comers Huddersfield have strengthened their back line with left back Scott Malone from Championship side Fulham for an undisclosed fee. The defender, despite being 26 years old, is arriving at his eighth club in Huddersfield and can also play as a wide midfielder.
Last season, Scott Malone scored 6 for the Cottagers which helped them reach the play offs, but it wasn’t enough as they were knocked out by Reading. One of his goals was an equaliser against the Terriers in April where Fulham would go on a register a shock 4-1 win away from home.
David Wagner commented
“Scott is a good physical presence and is a very capable defender, plus he adds a lot going forward. He shows good football intelligence to time his forward runs and can setup goals for teammates and scoring them himself”
Fantasy Football Potential
Scott Malone is priced at 4.5m, which for a goal scoring defender and he could be a bargain. However he has stiff competition at left back. Chris Lowë had a great season for Huddersfield, meaning Malone will have to fight for his place.
Also there are many other options at 4.5m, where the defender is a nailed on starter at a bigger club, so picking Malone would be a risk, but you never know, Huddersfield could adapt brilliantly like Bournemouth did. With that said, Malone could end up with half a dozen goals and a decent amount of clean sheets!
Overall, I personally wouldn’t take a risk on Malone until we know if Huddersfield are capable of sustaining their Premier League status and when we know Malone has his spot in David Wagner’s XI.
Huddersfield’s opening fixtures are as follows; Crystal Palace (A), Newcastle (H), Southampton (H), West Ham (A) and Leicester (H). Every game will be difficult for the Terriers but these look as favourable as they will come and they’ll need to pick up at least half a dozen points from these fixtures if they are to stay up.
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Written by Harry Clark (@HarryClark67)