Terrence Boyd may be on the move. He has six months left on his current contract, and a viable suitor emerged. No, not Mr. Darcy, but it is English.
According to a report from BILD, the American striker is close to leaving RB Leipzig and joining Huddersfield Town on a two-and-a-half-year contract that runs through 2019. It’s a logical move, as The Terriers are led by former Borussia Dortmund II manager David Wagner. Boyd, as you may or may not know, spent a productive year with BVB II, scoring 20 goals in 32 appearances during the 2011-2012 season.
Huddersfield currently occupies fifth place in the EFL Championship, comfortably on pace for a spot in the promotion playoff. Despite recent rumors that Wagner would leave for another job, he’s stayed on board.
Boyd is still making his comeback after a series of long-term injuries suffered with Leipzig. He’s been toiling with the reserves in the Regionalliga Nordost, scoring five goals in nine appearances. Huddersfield will likely need goal scorers next season, regardless of what league they’re in, as two of their top three producers are with the club on loan (Kasey Palmer from Chelsea and Elias Kachunga from Ingolstadt). The move would certainly work in his favor: a medium-term contract, a coach with a strong record of development who is aware of his abilities, and a team at which he can gradually work his way into the rotation.
Coincidentally, Huddersfield is not the only club looking to secure Boyd’s potential goal scoring prowess. According to Bild, Ingolstadt and Darmstadt are interested in the 25-year old striker. RBLive.de throws Karlsruher and Kaiserslautern into the mix, and let’s not forget his brief flirtation with the New York Red Bulls in December.
While Boyd may not have a future with Leipzig, he will have a landing spot, something that is never guaranteed for players who have dealt with serious injuries. A change of scenery (and perhaps a familiar coach like Wagner) could result in a return to his form from a few years ago, when he tore up the Austrian Bundesliga with Rapid Wien. Boyd has 14 caps with the USMNT, a number that would increase with a move to a new club and a few vintage performances as a dominant target striker.