We looked at a porous defence, then a more fluid midfield system and today we look at the final piece of the Huddersfield Town jigsaw - the attacking third.

When you consider Town's defensive record has been so poor, they have almost come to rely on the contribution of both the strikers and the wingers to keep them afloat.

Outside of the top six, just three sides in the Championship have managed to better Town's tally of 25 league goals in 2014/2015 and if you include those in the play-offs or higher, Town's goalscoring record is the joint-eighth-highest.

Grant Holt's arrival on loan from Wigan Athletic has served as a catalyst to Town's recent upturn in form and Nahki Wells is the club's tied top goalscorer with Harry Bunn.

Here, we assess how the frontline have performed as a unit so far this term and the impact Chris Powell's desire to change formation had had on that area of the Terriers side.

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With Town initially struggling for both form and points, Wells was tasked with the most daunting of prospects in the infant stages of this season by being deployed as a lone frontman.

The pint-sized striker did not make a fuss, he simply got on with his work in admirable fashion but with Town's opening run of games tougher than perhaps most fixtures since, he looked devoid of quality alongside him in attack when up against the sternest of defences.

Put in its simplest terms, the mechanics of the Bermudian are not exploited best by fielding him in a position where he is often made to occupy two central defenders, sometimes even three, and his movement into wide channels left the Terriers without any sort of focal point.

Chris Powell came in, immediately noticed that and even toyed with the possibility of playing him on the right flank to maximise his searing speed across the ground.

But that didn't seem to quite draw the best out of him either.

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There was only one answer for it and it arrived gift-wrapped from struggling Wigan Athletic, who lent Holt to a side in a similar position in the table and ultimately delivered a short-sighted favour.

Holt has transformed this Town attack in the space of just nine games since joining and with 18 of the 25 goals coming in that time - compared to seven in eight before that, it is clear he deserves huge credit.

With Jonathan Stead unable to supply the required poise in front of goal and James Vaughan consigned to yet another spell on the sidelines, the addition of a striker was made more or less compulsory but the decision to move for a man who had been out in the wilderness at the DW Stadium could easily have backfired.

He has proven that not only is he a seasoned performer at this level but that he also still has plenty to offer and his presence has brought the best out of so many players in this side, not least Wells.

In the time Holt has been at the club, Wells has netted five of his six league goals. But for two of those Holt had not even taken to the field for his Terriers debut and the three goals since have all arrived when the duo have played as a twin spearhead.

The palpable sense of fear accompanied by Malky Mackay's appointment at Wigan Athletic at the Town end epitomises what Holt has done to this side and why fans are approaching the idea of life this season beyond his loan spell with apprehension as opposed to excitement.

For Wells, this season has been an intriguing one. Under Powell he has not so much acted as a prominent figure as he has a wildcard option to depend upon when circumstances dictate.

Since Holt's arrival onto the scene against Millwall, the former Bradford City man has featured just three times in a possible eight league games from the outset, with his only goal in any of those a well-placed header against Nottingham Forest.

The unpredictability of Powell's selections is manifested in Wells' fortunes, with the striker chosen to start at home to Nottingham Forest and away at both Blackburn Rovers and Derby County.

At least on the face of it. Because Jonathan Hogg has become such a crucial member of the midfield setup that Wells' only starts have been a byproduct of the combative enforcer's absence.

Wells has taken advantage but he may have undone his chances of regular starts by ironically confirming to Powell that he has what it takes as a wildcard option from the bench with a clinical double at Ipswich Town recently.

With Vaughan still out and both Stead and Paterson currently at Bradford and Fleetwood Town on loan respectively, an onus remains on the current duo to carry on delivering the goods.

The early-season woes almost have to be set aside from Powell's spell in charge but, as a whole, Town's season up front has been a success to date, something underlined by their status as one of the sharpest shooters in this league.


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