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How does Huddersfield Town left back Jason Davidson stack up statistically to the departed James Husband?

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Huddersfield Town have waved goodbye to their second loanee left back of the season, with James Husband heading back to Teesside after the conclusion of his 93 day temporary spell as a Terrier.

He was brought in to provide competition at the spot after Town found it impossible to extend Ben Chilwell's time at the John Smith's Stadium, but now the position belongs to Jason Davidson once more.

Short of challenges from youngster Jack Senior, or the versatile Kyle Dempsey, the Australian international will have his chance to prove he can be the regular starter in the five games remaining of this campaign.

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Of his 26 appearances in all competitions, only 10 have come under new boss David Wagner. So how does Davidson compared from a statistical viewpoint to the departed Husband?

Both players have made 23 appearances in the league this term, although in Husband's case, half of those came in a Fulham shirt.

But the numbers find Davidson the more reliable defensively.

Stronger in the tackle, winning 78.6% of the time compared with Husband's 57.7%, the Town man is also more effective when it comes to duels and recoveries. In fact, Davidson has been victorious in 57.4% of his duels, which increases to 60.4% when you consider aerial duels (Husband has won 53.9% of duels and 51.9% of aerial duels).

Fouls conceded






It won't have escaped possession-happy David Wagner's notice that the Middlesbrough man is ahead when it comes to passing (69.7% accuracy compared with Davidson's 67.4%), but the Australian is more disciplined - illustrated by the fact he has conceded 20 fouls this term, while Husband has conceded 30 and picked up a red card.

It is in the attacking third that you might expect Husband to overtake his fellow full back, and a quick glance at the the stats might back that up.

Chances created






While Davidson has one goal to his name, he's taken five times as many shots as Husband has (10 to 2), and he has a blank in the assists column while the former loanee has four.

But closer examination leaves plenty of doubt that those figures tell the whole story. Davidson has created more chances than Husband, and three of the Middlesbrough defender's four assists came at his earlier spell at Fulham - when Moussa Dembele and Ryan Tunnicliffe were putting away the resulting opportunities.

If Davidson's teammates had been sharper in the 18 yard box, would he also have a collection of assists to boast about?

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David Wagner's formation demands his full backs to support the forwards in the attacking areas, and work hard to get back and cover. It is noticeable that Chilwell and Husband both arrived with a reputation for contributing in the final third, but Davidson isn't far behind them and has displayed a dangerous cross on numerous occasions this term.

The boss said in his press conference that Davidson will now have the chance to make his mark, but he also threw down the gauntlet by suggesting he has already had chances - and has played well in some games, and not so in others.

And the challenge is to achieve consistency between now and the summer break.

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