Wells accepts taking backward step on penalty
The Huddersfield Town striker was the chief orchestrator of his side's 5-0 thrashing of Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship at the weekend, creating the first three goals and then winning a penalty that team-mate Adam Clayton dispatched.
The 23-year-old, who took the penalties at Bradford City, his former club, initially grabbed the ball to end his barren spell before reluctantly handing it to Clayton, Huddersfield's designated penalty-taker.
“I was hoping to take it — but I'm the new boy on the block, and ‘Clayts' is designated penalty-taker,” Wells said.
“I think I deserved a goal, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I know the goals will come.
“It hasn't been smooth sailing the last six or seven games, but I've got my head down and worked hard.
“Obviously I'd like to score more goals, but I've jumped a division to a new team and a whole new style of play.”
Mark Robins, the Huddersfield manager, said that Clayton had every right to demand the penalty, but had no doubt that “awesome” Wells would have converted from the spot.
“Nahki was absolutely phenomenal and I just wish he could have got the goal his workrate deserved,” Robins said.
“He puts himself under pressure because he is a goalscorer and he wants to score, I understand that. But if he keeps working hard, the goals will come.
“Clayton was right to take it, as he is the penalty-taker; Nahki will have to wait a little longer.
“I absolutely understand Nahki's feelings. He wanted to take the penalty and there's no doubt he would have scored.”
Wells, who signed for Huddersfield for a club-record fee of £?1.3 million in the January transfer window, set up strikes for Keith Southern, Danny Ward and Adam Hammill before goalkeeper Luke Steele brought him down in the box, all inside an hour.
Despite having gone nearly ten hours without scoring, Wells said that he remained confident in his ability and was determined to repay the faith that Robins had shown in him.
“The most important thing is that the manager backs me and believes I'm the right man to do the job,” Wells added.
“I hope I'm destined for the Premier League — I always look to the top.
“I've not been blessed with the ability of a Messi, but I like to think I've got the desire and hunger to want to be like him.”
Hammill, the Huddersfield winger, believes that Wells is a “natural goalscorer” and destined to play in the top flight.
“He could have scored three himself,” Hammill said. “You could see from his performance he is terrific.
“He's a natural goalscorer; we see it every day in training. He has the potential to go to the top. I'm sure he'll be prolific.”
Wells has been named in the Football League team of the week, along with Clayton, in recognition of his most complete performance since joining Huddersfield.
Football League XI (4-3-3): Marek Stech (Yeovil Town) — Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle), Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Neil Collins (Sheffield United), Mathias Kouo-Doumbé (Northampton Town) — Luke Freeman (Stevenage), Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United), Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) — Scott Hogan (Rochdale), Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth), Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town). Manager: Graham Westley (Stevenage).