As positive as these early matches have been, we’re yet to face a decent side.
Blues and Ipswich are average by Championship standards and I’d say Reading and Rotherham are a few notches lower. The League Cup draws have also been kind.
That’s not to put a dampener on progress under Walter Zenga – we may not have got the results last season – but I’m looking forward to seeing how we get on against the heavyweights.
Huddersfield may fall into that category, but like us it’s too early to know whether they have the staying power and quality to keep it going.
This is a lovely little test for both sides though ahead of the international break.
David Wagner was an inspired choice for Huddersfield after they sacked Chris Powell. An energetic and inventive coach, anything now seems possible for the Terriers, where as before you felt they’d hit a ceiling.
Some promising results towards the back end of last season and a busy summer of recruitment have raised expectations and results haven’t disappointed.
They’re top of the league having already seen off Brentford, Newcastle and Barnsley. A useful point at Villa Park means they’re unbeaten coming into this one.
We know Rajiv van La Parra well of course, but considerably less about the likes of Christopher Schindler, Jon Gorenc-Stankovic or Elias Kachunga.
With our own merry band of exotic new recruits, this game has a continental, anything could happen element of mystique.
This section is not about a predicted lineup, as I’m no longer prepared to try and second guess a manager who picks eight midfielders. Instead, this is the team I would field.
That’s the form players from the last few games filling the midfield sandwiched by a well established back four and two strikers bang in form.
But there are more viable options on the bench for Walter Zenga than we’ve had for a long time and who knows how he’ll choose to use all these players?
Rotation has thus far been viewed as a favourable thing, but if results take a turn for the worse the pressure to define a strongest eleven will quickly intensify.
Nothing exciting to read here I’m afraid – 1-1.
I can’t quite summon the confidence to go all out for the win, but based on everything I’ve seen so far, won’t back us to lose either, even against a good Huddersfield side.
Anything other than defeat would represent a very solid start and leave us ideally placed going into international fortnight and of course, the final days of the transfer window.
Up The Wolves!