Huddersfield Town fans need to get right behind Elias Kachunga for the big kick-off against Brentford.
It’s a big day for the 24-year-old loan man as he leads the Town attack in the absence of injured leading marksman Nahki Wells .
Kachunga will be playing his first match in English football but head coach David Wagner says he is ready to go – especially with the fans roaring him on.
“Elias has done well in pre-season and we are very happy with him,” said Wagner, who revealed Phil Billing (ankle) and Harry Bunn (hamstring) will be out for two weeks.
“For him, now, it will be very important to have some good moments – to quickly score a goal or quickly make an assist.
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“But he has great fighting spirit, like our fans love to see, and it’s important that our strikers are the first line of defence.
“He has shown that responsibility in pre-season, he has scored and he has had assists, and he is a real competitor for Nahki.
“I’m sure the crowd will lift him, they will lift him and, hopefully, we are all going to enjoy the day.”
While Wells has a slight chance of playing at Shrewsbury in the League Cup on Tuesday, does Wagner feel Town need to bring in another frontman before the transfer window closes at the end of this month?
“I’m happy Nahki is on the way back and I don’t think we have to feel pressure because Rajiv (van La Parra) and Harry (Bunn) can play No9 also,” he answered.
“No-one knows what might happen in this game, but if you ask me do I think we need another striker then the answer is no, I don’t think so.
“But if you ask me were we to get the correct opportunity to catch another striker then we might, but I don’t feel a rush on this because Nahki is now in a good way.”
Wagner confirmed Liverpool loan goalkeeper Danny Ward will make his debut.