What Next for Socceroo Aaron Mooy?

The 2018/2019 Premier League season has been one to forget for Huddersfield Town, with the West Yorkshire club relegated from England’s top flight before Easter. A measly 14 points from 33 games tells you everything you need to know about the dogfight the Terriers have been in during a campaign that has seen promotion-winning manager David Wagner fired. Sadly for those at the John Smith’s Stadium, Championship football will be coming back to Huddersfield.

What remains to be seen is whether Aaron Mooy will be returning to the Terriers when they ply their trade in England’s second tier. The Australian playmaker is one of only a very few players at Huddersfield that have come away with any sort of respectability this season and it’s already been suggested that Mooy has too much talent for the Championship.

Looking back on the past eight months, the 28-year-old has made 25 Premier League appearances, registering one assist and scoring three goals. It’s easy to look at those numbers with a raised eyebrow but even during Huddersfield’s promotion-winning 2016/2017 season, in which he was voted Town’s Player of the Year, Mooy only scored four goals and chipped in with seven assists in 45 games.

As a number ten, the argument could be that he should score more but in truth, the Australian is a traditional box-to-box midfielder that does as much in the opposition’s box as his own, which is why the Terriers will have to fight off any interest in him over the summer. It’s quite easy to see how Mooy would be the perfect fit for a team that has just been promoted to the Premier League given that he won’t cost an arm and a leg, but will have that invaluable experience needed for newcomers in the top flight.

What could be particularly interesting is if Huddersfield’s neighbours Leeds United go up, which is a likelihood given their odds of promotion are 4/6 in the football betting. If that were to happen, and Leeds return to the Premier League and show the slightest bit of interest in Mooy, you could see a move being good business for both parties.

 

Leeds would benefit from a financial point of view, given that the Australian only has one year left on his deal at Huddersfield, and Mooy would benefit when you consider Leeds and Huddersfield are only separated by just over 20 miles; there would be no need to up sticks.

Either way, it’s hard to imagine after having played in the best league in the world, that Aaron Mooy wouldn’t jump at the chance of staying at that level instead of being resigned to another 46 grueling games in the Championship.

There’s no guarantee that Huddersfield will go straight back up in any case, and Mooy’s best chance of finding a new club may well be in the summer of 2019, whilst his abilities are still fresh in the minds of potential suitors. The 28-year-old has done all he can to keep the sinking ship that is Huddersfield Town up and now that relegation has been confirmed, Mooy will be looking to salvage his own career.

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