David Wagner will field at least six debutant signings against Brentford and promised the Town fans: “We are setting no limits!”
A crowd of around 18,000 is expected for the big John Smith’s Stadium kick-off, when new-look Town are looking for their first opening-day home win since 2007 against Yeovil.
Wagner’s side are 6/5 favourites to beat a Brentford team who thrashed them 5-1 on the same pitch just 91 days ago, and they will be backed by a highest first-day gate in 46 years.
Out of 12 summer arrivals, Wagner seems certain to start on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward, Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy and FC Ingolstadt’s Elias Kachunga, along with record £1.8m signing Christopher Schindler, fellow German Chris Lowe and sparky No10 capture Jack Payne (from Southend United).
There may be others who get debuts from the bench – Jason Davidson is a doubt after illness – and Wagner is happy Town are as well prepared as possible.
“We are going into the season without any limits,” said Wagner, who is without injured leading scorer Nahki Wells and midfielders Harry Bunn (hamstring) and Phil Billing (ankle).
“There is no point saying we want to finish 12th or top 10, the only thing we can say is we want to finish better than in the past.
“This is our ambition, but I don’t like to give us any limits in any direction.
“All I can promise the fans is that this team will work has hard as we possibly can to achieve our ambitions and to make the fans happy by the end of the season.
“The first game of 46 is now here, we are very happy to have such fantastic support from our own fans and we will give it everything.
“We want to show our full throttle game and we want to keep the three points here in Huddersfield.”
On the fans, Wagner added: “It’s fantastic they are backing us like this.
“Our supporters are very sensible, they recognise maybe in the past the results have not been what our peroformances and fighting spirit have deserved, so they have bought season tickets.
“We have to make sure we show our fighting spirit and togetherness and get better results over the whole season.
“Hopefully this will be easier with 15,000, 18,000 or maybe 20,000 fans behind us, but we know we have to deliver on the pitch.”