Huddersfield Town completed the signing of striker Laurent Depoitre for a £3.5 million fee from Portuguese side FC Porto. Depoitre signs on a 2 year deal with a bonus that will trigger a 1 year extension after a specific add ons. It is most likely an appearance target and/or avoiding relegation.
Manager David Wagner had high praise for the 28 year old Belgian, Laurent Depoitre and here is what he had to say about him:
“Laurent is a Proper striker. He scores goals and is a real worker too, so he will fit the ‘Terriers Identity’ very well.”
Fantasy Football Potential
The first real club that Depoitre started to gain recognition for his finishing ability was at Gent. He played for them from 2014 to 2016, scoring a total of 24 goals in 53 appearances, previously scoring 7 goals for his first club Oostende in the 2013/14 season.
FC Porto was a big step up for Depoitre and he seemed to struggle to get into the starting XI, as in total he only made 7 appearances in the league with just 2 of them being starts. He managed to score 1 goal for FC Porto, but was then really pushed aside, on then making the bench.
In my opinion, Depoitre signing for a Huddersfield is a strange one and more likely for squad depth, with a possible change of tactic as a potential target man. With teammates such as Elias Kachunga, Nahki Wells and fellow new signing Steve Mounie providing tough competition for starting places, Depoitre will really have to up his game.
Regarding Fantasy Premier League price, Depoitre sits at 5.5m, which is fair as a potential squad player. Fantasy managers should keep an eye out for him during pre-season to see whether he starts and even performs well, before putting him in their squad.
Huddersfield’s opening fixtures are as followes: Crystal Palace (A), Newcastle United (H), Southampton (H), West Ham (A) and Leicester (H).
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)