Wells: I deserve chance in Premier League
Nahki Wells believes that he has earned his shot at the big time and backs himself to score goals for Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
Wells is set to play in the top flight next season after Huddersfield beat Reading in a penalty shoot-out in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium on Monday.
The 26-year-old almost snatched a winner late in extra time, but dragged his effort wide before scoring during the 4-3 shoot-out win after the game ended goalless after extra time.
“I've got a big task ahead and I want to be a Premier League player,” Wells said. “I want to stay in the Premier League and it's important I do everything I can to achieve that. I back myself 100 per cent.
“I can't wait for the Premier League fixtures to come out. Man United away is the one I am looking for!”
Wells admits he is slightly disappointed at his ten-goal return this season, but believes that he has improved his overall game.
The Bermuda striker bagged 18 goals in 2015-16 and said he deserves a chance to prove himself against the best defences in English football.
“I would have liked to score more goals this season but I can genuinely say my performances have been really good,” said Wells, who has scored 102 goals in his professional career. “After scoring 18 goals in the Championship last season, I would have thought I could have done better this season. It's been difficult; we've been in a really strong position, but scoring chances have been limited.
“I deserve the chance, I have scored goals at every level I have been at; I have worked hard to get to this point, so it is important that I work hard to make the most of this chance.”
Wells, who takes inspiration from Jamie Vardy's impact for Leicester City in the Premier League, believes his selfless displays have been vital to Huddersfield's success this season.
“I haven't scored the goals I would have liked, but I've put the team first,” Wells said. “Look at what's been the outcome; I would have taken this all day.”
Meanwhile, thousands of Huddersfield fans packed the streets of the Yorkshire town yesterday to celebrate their promotion to the Premier League as the players paraded on an open-top bus.
“It's been amazing, the support's been fantastic,” Wells said. “We have the entire town behind us, and to see them is a great feeling.”
German manager David Wagner led the crowd in chants of “We are Premier League” from a stage set-up in a packed St. George's square.
In remarks to the crowd, club chairman and local businessman Dean Hoyle paid tribute to Wagner and all those working at Huddersfield.
“I thank David, these guys [players], the backroom staff, people that have worked at the club for 30-odd years. It's such an incredible moment. But the people I feel most proud of is you guys,” he said.
Huddersfield won the old English first division title three times in a row in the 1920s.
However, since relegation from the top flight in 1972, the West Yorkshire side have struggled, falling into the lower divisions before enjoying a revival this year under Wagner, a former Borussia Dortmund assistant coach.