David Wagner is confident he has put together a squad which can deliver a big improvement for Huddersfield Town this season.
The German head coach moved quickly in the summer, bringing in eight new faces before the end of June and 12 altogether, and he is happy with how they’ve prepared for the big kick-off against Brentford.
Wagner insists the players must continue to improve as the season unfolds, and he’s hoping big home support from the 15,000-plus season-card holders will inspire the players to better things.
But he’s not setting any targets.
Instead, Wagner says there are no limits this season and he just wants the team to go and play with no pressure.
“For me, and hopefully for the players as well, we don’t want to have to feel any pressure,” he explained.
“At the end, if you know what you do and you know they are the right things, then it’s easy to go out and play your game.
“It’s like if you have an exam at school, if you are prepared there is no pressure, you just go and write down what is in your head.
“It’s the same with football, if you are prepared then you just go out and do your stuff. If you do that, then hopefully you will get the reward.
“There is no pressure from that point of view, but this is my team, this is my squad and this is something different at this time.
“I have the responsibility for them and I’m very happy to have them together – the new signings and the players we were able to keep – and I have a very good feeling this group are able to develop.
“Togetherness should be one of our key words and one of the advantages we have, because we are not a club who are able to buy success.
“We have to work and we have to have great togetherness to have success, and that’s what we intend to do.”
Fans are looking forward to seeing the likes of £1.8m club record signing Christopher Schindler at Championship level, along with fellow imports Michael Hefele, Chris Lowe, Ivan Paurevic, Elias Kachunga and Jon Gorenc Stankovic.
Loan men Danny Ward, Aaron Mooy and Kasey Palmer also add to the excitement, while keeper Joel Coleman will be aiming to make a mark, Rajiv van La Parra knows he needs to fire consistently and Jack Payne is just itching to make that No10 role his own.
Payne, brought in from Southend, could well become a star this term.
While there are a lot of new personnel to fit into things, Wagner is reluctant to ask the fans for patience.
“I think the most important thing for me is to be realistic and to have ambitions,” he said.
“We have ambitions, for sure, because we have worked unbelievably hard – and you don’t work as hard as we have done without big ambitions. But we are realistic as well.
“What I can promise the fans is that my team will work as hard as possible to make them happy by the end of the season.”