Jamie Paterson will be forced to sit out this weekend's fixture against parent club, Nottingham Forest - and it's a timely reminder of what life could be like next season if Huddersfield Town don't take up the option to secure his services long term.

The Coventry-born forward is enjoying a new lease of life under David Wagner and is clearly relishing being a main player at Town rather than an understudy at Forest.

He has now played the same number of games for Town this term as he did for the East Midlands outfit during the whole of 2014/15, but a regular starting berth means he has doubled his number of minutes on the pitch.

And Town are reaping the considerable rewards.

FA Cup 3rd Round - Huddersfield Town(2) v Reading (2) - Jamie Paterson celebrates opening the scoring for Town.


Paterson has netted three times in the league compared with once last term - and the stats suggest that the reason is he is finding increasingly useful positions in front of goal.

His goal per minute ratio has vastly improved (now at 380 minutes compared with 653 last year in the league), and yet his shot accuracy is exactly the same down to the decimal point at 42.9%.

Under Wagner Paterson has been consistently deployed in the centre and is paying his boss back with a greater impact in the box - for both himself and his teammates.

In fact, he should probably have far more assists than the three he has clocked up in the league - he was credited with a hattrick of them for Forest after creating 12 chances for his teammates, whereas this season he has set up 31 scoring opportunities for colleagues who have shown a certain wastefulness in front of goal on occasion.

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David Wagner spoke recently about his desire to see more from Paterson and that he needed to keep improving to secure his favoured no.10 role at the John Smith's Stadium next season. Yet the manager clearly believes there is more to come from the loanee, and if so it's imperative that it is Town who continue to see the best from the young talent.

Three of his five goals in all competitions this season have come since the turn of the year - Paterson is listening and is performing.

The trouble is, it seems like Town aren't the only ones to notice.

Brentford were repeatedly linked with a move in the January window and although Town do have an option to buy in the loan agreement, if the Bees were to come back in the summer they could lure the playmaker to London.

Dean Smith, currently in charge at Griffin Park, has made no secret of his admiration for the player he brought through at Walsall and may see him as a long term successor to Alan Judge.

New Manager Dean Smith at Brentford FC, Brentford. photographer Darren Pepe.


Paterson only turned 24 in December, and has time to develop before hitting his peak. He slots into Wagner's system effortlessly and has clearly benefited from the German's tutelage - with the distinct possibility of plenty more to come.

Now it is time for Town to make all possible effort to ensure he's a permanent fixture in Yorkshire.

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