Nottingham Forest's loss can be Huddersfield Town's gain.

It is impossible to establish whether or not Radoslaw Majewski will be the answer to Town's desire for a goalscoring midfielder just yet, but his first 15 minutes as a Terrier in Tuesday's 1-0 friendly win over Sheffield United certainly offered positive indications of what is to come.

The news of Town's third summer signing was met by general delight from the club's fanbase as they revelled in the addition of someone who has goals, assists and plenty more to offer in midfield and attack.

Forest deemed the Pole surplus to requirements at the City Ground as new boss Stuart Pearce fine-tunes his squad, but that should not negate the qualities the 27-year-old can bring to Town.

Pre-season friendlies should be taken with a pinch of salt, but his arrival onto the scene as a second-half substitute for Jonathan Hogg at Bramall Lane was the impetus needed to find a winner.

It was a bold, attacking move by manager Mark Robins and it paid off.

The new boy traded passes with Adam Hammill, saw his goalbound shot blocked and Hammill was able to stick away the rebound for the only goal of the game.

Robins was keen to stress after the game that the workout was the most pleasing aspect of the performance and rightly so, with a clean sheet and several other key performances acting as added bonuses to a battling win over the Blades.

But it was impossible not to feel the palpable excitement each time Majewski got on the ball and sought to drive his new side forward to find the breakthrough.

He had only been on the field a matter of minutes before making the crucial impact, showing an awareness with Hammill which belied his status as a newbie in the Town ranks.

 

His passing was crisp and his evasive movement gave Town the opportunity to get between the lines and find a link between the deeper-lying playmakers of Adam Clayton and Oliver Norwood and the frontline of Nahki Wells and Sean Scannell.

It was a ploy that came off more or less immediately as he drove into attacking areas and also saw a shot crash into the side netting as he looked to embellish the scoreline and his own contribution.

Upon sealing a deal for Majewski, Robins spoke of his ability to play in the No.10 role and if this evidence is anything to go by, then he is tailor-made for the position he has been earmarked.

It also hints at his new recruit being the man to facilitate the '1' in the 3-4-1-2 formation which Robins has employed throughout pre-season.

Joe Lolley impressed there against Scunthorpe and the likes of Adam Clayton, Danny Ward and Duane Holmes are all capable of operating in the position so the manager is blessed with an embarrassment of riches in that area.

Boosting Majewski's fitness levels will now be the primary objective as he feels his way into the camp before the new season starts and he will have two further opportunities to showcase his talents when Town head to Oldham Athletic on Saturday and playing host to Newcastle United next week.

It will certainly be interesting to see whether he is handed a starting berth in either to afford him the minutes he requires both fitness-wise and as a bedding-in exercise.

His presence on the pitch for the final throes of the contest at Bramall Lane served as a timely boost within the context of the game and gave Town that added ounce of quality and creative spark to force home a win.

The other plus point behind the move for Majewski is his burning desire to prove Forest were wrong and Town were right for picking him up. He is a determined performer and is more than capable of vindicating Robins' decision for preaching patience in the transfer market and bringing in proven quality to the first team.

It would be foolish to get carried away too soon but the early signs are encouraging from the new man and that can only bode well for Town's prospects this season.

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