Playing for Wagner is a joy, says Wells
Nahki Wells, the Huddersfield Town striker, is “enjoying football again” and believes there are bigger and better things to come playing under David Wagner, his new manager.
Wells, who had fallen out of favour under Chris Powell, scored his first goal in more than a month for Huddersfield in their 2-0 league win away at Birmingham.
The Bermuda striker said the style of football that Wagner had introduced was a joy to play, and praised the German for introducing an approach that mirrored that of some of the best sides in Europe.
“We are definitely heading in the right direction,” Wells told The Royal Gazette. “It's a pleasure to play in this team and I'm back to enjoying football again.
“I'm actually getting a chance to play a style of football which I've always watched in envy from the bigger teams in the world. We are trying to put that platform and blueprint into place, and we are doing quite well at it at the moment.
“It's expansive attacking football, playing good football on the ground, defending from the front and creating chances and scoring. To be in a side doing that is definitely a joy to be involved with.”
Wells' goal against Birmingham was his fifth of the season, and first for the team with Wagner in charge.
“It was good to score and get my first goal under the new gaffer,” Wells said. “It gives me confidence to try and go on a run from now to the New Year of scoring goals, but more importantly try and play in the right manner, and please the manager by doing what he wants me to do.
“I'm happy to score and hopefully something I can build on.”
Huddersfield's victory over Birmingham was their fourth of the season and first under Wagner, who took charge after Powell was sacked last month.
Wagner's first two games at the helm ended in losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough.
“We're delighted to get the first win for the new manager,” Wells said. “It was just a matter of time until we got the win.
“We played in the right manner in the other two games and was just a bit unfortunate and a bit wasteful in front of goal. On Saturday we defended well and scored two so a good performance all round.”
Wells said that Wagner had introduced more structure and understanding to the team since his arrival, and the striker believes that Huddersfield are now heading in the right direction after falling into the bottom three under Powell.
“We have been putting more emphasis on performance and understanding what we need to do to win, rather than basically playing off the cuff and hoping to nick a victory,” Wells said.
“We have put in three consecutive good performances and I think we know how to win a game in that manner, and will be looking to do so in the next few games against teams that are in and around us.
“It's important that we win these fixtures to catapult us up the table, and if we can go on a run from now till Christmas I think anything is possible. We just take every game as it comes.”
Huddersfield, who are nineteenth in the Sky Bet Championships, are at home to Bristol City on Saturday in a match Wells called “a must win game”.
Bristol are 21st, just above the relegation zone, but are only two points adrift of Huddersfield, who could easily be dragged back into a fight for survival.