Inconsistent is probably the best way to describe Mustapha Carayol’s time at Huddersfield Town.

The 27-year-old has had his moments, but has never quite tied down a starting berth.

And on several occasions, he has started games strongly only for his influence to wane.

On paper, he looked a perfect partner for Sean Scannell when he arrived in August.

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With Scannell surging down the right and Carayol working the left flank, fans imagined a string of teasing crosses – and goals. It hasn’t entirely worked out that way, but Carayol certainly hasn’t been a failure.

He has shown a useful eye for goal by notching three in nine starts and six further appearances from the bench.

And all three of those strikes have helped to secure vital victories, two against Bolton Wanderers and the other over Rotherham United.

Two of his goals have been during the reign of David Wagner.

Carayol played a part in six of Wagner’s nine games to date, so his return to the Riverside was something of a surprise.

But the squad inherited by the head coach included others who can play wide out, like Harry Bunn, Joe Lolley and Nottingham Forest loanee Jamie Paterson.

Wagner is doing some housekeeping at the start of the transfer window.

And with Town working to a budget, Carayol’s return to the Riverside Stadium frees up squad space.