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Why Nahki Wells deserves to be named Huddersfield Town Player of the Year

Voting opens next week

It's an easy decision to give a striker the plaudits.

Often handed the Man of the Match champagne for finding the net, even if the true hero of the piece lies elsewhere, they are regularly the most recognised name on the teamsheet, command the biggest transfer fee and sell the most shirts.

It's always nice to see the end of season gongs go to a less vaunted hero.

But on this occasion, I can't see past the claims of Nahki Wells to be named Hargreaves Memorial Huddersfield Town Player of the Year 2015/16.

A total of 16 goals in all competitions is an excellent return for a striker - you only have to glance down the list of the Championship's top scorers to see that.

Joint fourth in the rankings with 15 league strikes, Nahki is keeping pace with Derby County's deadliest marksman and those ahead of him include Ross McCormack, who commanded an £11m fee, and Andre Gray and Abel Hernandez - served by the creative forces assembled to fire Burnley and Hull City respectively to the dizzying riches of the Premier League.

Wells is the main man for a team that currently lies 19th in the division and until last weekend had a few fans nervously looking at the relegation places.

As Town's record signing, he was always going to have to shoulder the majority of the scoring burden, but he has really embraced that responsibility under new Head Coach, David Wagner.

He has made the most appearances of any senior player at the club this season and has clocked up the most minutes on the field - rarely has he been withdrawn or afforded a rest in a system that demands a heavy workload of the lone striker.

Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells celebrates his goal against Leeds United

Wells has seen his industry levels improve steadily, and he runs hard to hold the ball up and wait for his teammates to join him in attack. It's an essential quality for a striker to flourish in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but it often goes under the radar if a glaring opportunity goes begging.

It was particularly noticeable in the 4-1 derby drubbing of Leeds United - where a penalty miss and a second half goal might have overshadowed a fantastic individual display, hailed by Wagner as one the Bermudian frontman would cherish once his career comes to a close.

And it's far from the only game this term that Nahki's biggest contribution has come in helping others write their name on to the score sheet, rather than his own.

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Ultimately, he's being asked to do all this without the support he would ideally enjoy.

While Town have an abundance of attacking midfielders and wingers vying for squad places, there is only really one man who can play in the centre forward role.

While Rajiv van La Parra might be able to help shoulder some of the burden going forward, Wells has been asked to go it alone for the majority of the season. James Vaughan was deemed surplus to requirements and loaned out, Jordi Hiwula is away on loan, Flo Bojaj too inexperienced to contribute much and Ishmael Miller unable to trouble the match day squads.

Huddersfield Town's Rajiv van La Parra

Since David Wagner ushered in a new era of evolution and revolution at PPG Canalside, Town have failed to find the net in a game just five times, and one of the biggest reasons for that run is Nahki Wells.

So while it may be the easy option to hand the overall gong to the man who will also claim the Golden Boot, this year the striker thoroughly deserves to lift the double.


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