Hiwula returns to Walsall on loan

4 Mar

Jordy Hiwula

Jordy Hiwula scored nine goals in 19 league appearances for Walsall in the final three months of last season

Huddersfield Town striker Jordy Hiwula has returned to Walsall on loan for the rest of the season.

The promotion-chasing League One side have re-signed Hiwula as they look to improve on a record of just two goals in their past five matches.

Hiwula, 21, was a Manchester City player when he scored nine goals for the Saddlers on loan last season.

He moved to Huddersfield in July, but was loaned out to Wigan Athletic a month later.

The former England Under-19 international scored twice in 14 league appearances for the Latics, seven of them from the bench, as well as adding four more goals in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

But he has failed to add to his solitary appearance for the Terriers, as a 65th-minute substitute in the Capital One Cup home defeat by Notts County in August.

“It was good for me to have a close look at Jordy in the last month,” said the Terriers’ German head coach David Wagner. “But I believe this opportunity is now the right one for him and us.

“Some players adapt faster to our new idea and identity than others. Others need more time to do so. In this moment, it is better for Jordy to take the opportunity to play regular football in the first team of Walsall.”

Huddersfield could recall Hiwula, whose contract runs until 2018, after 28 days.

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Tom Bradshaw has netted 35 times for the Saddlers since joining from Shrewsbury Town in June 2014

Walsall’s goal shortage

Of all the sides in League One’s top six, Walsall – with 49 goals from 33 matches – are the second-lowest scorers. Leaders Burton have managed only 43.

Top scorer Tom Bradshaw, who has 15 goals this season, has scored just once in eight matches – a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Crewe.

When he went through an almost identical run earlier in the season, he bounced back with goals in three successive games.

Walsall have scored just twice in their current five-game winless run, yet Tuesday’s 0-0 home draw with Scunthorpe United still lifted them back into third in League One, four points behind second-placed Wigan Athletic, but with a game in hand.


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