Wagner praises Wells’ work ethic
Nahki Wells has been hailed as Huddersfield Town's “first defender” by head coach David Wagner who believes there is plenty more to come from the in-form striker.
Wells struck his third goal in two games with a stunning free kick late on to earn a point away to Queens Park Rangers on Monday, having bagged a brace at home to Preston North End on Boxing Day.
The 25-year-old, who took his tally to eight for the season, seems well-suited to Wagner's high-intensity style of play, with the former Borussia Dortmund II coach describing the Bermudian as a “big talent”.
“He scored a very good goal and did a very good job today,” Wagner said.
“He had a very good chance with a header in the first half as well.
“He knows what I expect from him. I will never be satisfied with Nahki because I believe he has a big talent. I will always want more from him because he is a good guy with great potential.”
Wagner, who was appointed as Chris Powell's replacement last month, believes the Bermuda striker's propensity for hard work has been a factor in Huddersfield's encouraging results during the festive period.
“At the moment he is very confident and that is very important for a striker,” said the former United States striker. “But more important for me is that he likes to work.
“He is our first defender and he showed that again today [against QPR].”
Wagner said his side were fully deserving of a share of the spoils against QPR, a side they have never beaten away from home
“I think a point was the least we deserved for this performance,” Wagner said.
“The first half was very good from my team and after that we could have expected more than a point. But, it was a good reaction [to going behind] and in the end a point was fair.
“It may only be one point today, but I am pleased we have shown people what we can do on the pitch.”
Huddersfield are eighteenth in the table, four points above the relegation zone, and are away to rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Wagner added: “Everybody in the squad knows how important they are. I expect everyone to give 100 per cent when on the pitch and at the moment they are.
“I have been here for seven weeks now and the players have responded very well.”