Huddersfield Town fans have been screaming for a new striker in the January transfer window - but could David Wagner already have the perfect solution on the books?

While Nahki Wells is now indisputably first choice to lead the line in the manager’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, Town are short of options from the bench to give Wells a rest - and would have problems if he was injured or suspended.

Ishmael Miller has enjoyed game time under Wagner but suffered his own injury problems over the festive period, while Flo Bojaj is still only 19.

Joe Lolley and Jamie Paterson have both been in good form under Wagner but neither is an out and out striker who can lead the line.

It isn’t surprising that a frontman to help shoulder the goal burden is high up on many fans’ wishlists.

And on Thursday night, Wagner was watching one in action.

Jordy Hiwula.

The boss spent his evening taking in Wigan Athletic’s League One clash with Gillingham to help form his own opinion on Jordy Hiwula, the former Manchester City youngster that Town signed in the summer and almost immediately loaned out to the Latics.

In his press conference this week, Wagner suggested he will be bringing the 21-year-old back to PPG Canalside to form a clearer picture on his abilities - and although the manager hasn’t ruled out sending him back to Wigan for the remainder of the season, if Hiwula is ready to contribute to the Town cause then he will get the chance to do so.

The forward has six goals in 13 appearances for the Lancashire outfit so far this term, but many of those appearances have come from the bench.

A natural goalscorer, Hiwula was prolific at every level as he came through Manchester City’s Academy, netting 20 goals in 31 u21 games during the 2013/14 season - including a memorable quadruple at Blackburn in a 6-0 victory.

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Although a loan spell to Yeovil Town didn’t work out last term, a second period out at Walsall proved much more fruitful when he showcased a full range of talents, grabbing nine league goals in 19 games.

Blessed with brilliant pace and a striker’s instinct in the box, his biggest strength has always been an eye for goal - and at youth level he appeared a born poacher.

However, reported Town target Tom Bradshaw’s role at Walsall meant Jordy did play out wide and he’s now developed his all round game while with the Saddlers and this season with the Latics, while still retaining his ability to make the kind of runs in behind his teammates crave.

Wagner had to wait 56 minutes to see Hiwula against Gillingham, when he came on in a double change alongside Chris McCann with Wigan 2-0 down and chasing the game.

That change was the catalyst for a remarkable comeback that handed Wigan all three points. Hiwula was directly involved in the equaliser, putting in the cross which via the head of Jacobs fell to Max Power to convert, and looked lively as Wigan went in search of what appeared to be an unlikely winner.

Although he can play wide, Hiwula grew up as a natural no.9 and could lead the line in Wells’ absence as well as play a role as one of the supporting cast - and he’s clearly used to making a positive impact from the bench, which is a clear asset in Wagner’s system of rotation and early substitutions.

The clear unknown is whether he could make the step up to the Championship after plying his trade in youth and League One football up to this point.

It remains to be seen what the manager made of the Manchester-born Hiwula, and whether he sees a role for him immediately or whether he thinks the summer signing is one for the future.

But if he can adjust to the higher demands of the Championship, then pace, movement and goals are exactly what Town need.

Could he be a gem in need of some David Wagner sparkle? He certainly has a case.