Aaron Mooy hardly had time to set a foot down with Manchester City after signing from City’s Australian sister club Melbourne City for an undisclosed fee in early July 2016. Almost instantly he was shepherded out on loan to Championship side Huddersfield Town.
It soon became apparent that Manchester City had gotten hold of a class player in Socceroo Mooy. The Sydney-born midfielder oozed class throughout Huddersfield’s successful promotion campaign last season.
His presence in the engine room for the Terriers proved to be decisive on more than one occasion as Town successfully navigated their way into first the play-offs, later the Premier League.
This acquisition by Manchester City proved two things: Manchester City have an eye for a player and Huddersfield Town had an eye for a shrewd loan deal. However, it has also proven successful in another way with the Terriers seeing Mooy as a potential lynchpin for their first tilt at a Premier League season.
However, there would be no ‘loan deal’ and gratitude this time out between Huddersfield Town and big boys Manchester City. No, Mooy’s stand-out performances have put a bounty on his shaven head – a bounty set at £10 million according to Alan Nixon writing in today’s Sun.
Now, a £10 million footballer is like a tu’penny bag of sweets in that you don’t get much for your money nowadays, a fee such as that being a normal entry point for many an average player. But Mooy has shown that he has enough potential to possibly justify that price tag, but what will Huddersfield Town be getting for their £10 million?
4 things Aaron Mooy for Huddersfield Town fans
1. When Manchester City signed him from Melbourne City, Mooy came after a season where he made 24 A-League appearances, scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists for teammates. That translated into four goals and seven assists in 45 Sky Bet Championship games last season for Huddersfield Town.
2. His first goal in English football came in the Yorkshire derby at Elland Road, his strike proving to be the decisive goal in a 1-0 Huddersfield Town victory that saw the Terriers maintain top spot in the league. He also scored goals against Wigan (2-1 loss), Newcastle (3-1 loss) and Norwich (3-0 win) in last season’s Championship campaign.
3. Mooy is a high volume, high accuracy passer of the ball. During last season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign, Mooy attempted an average of 68.7 passes per 90 minutes. Of these attempted passes, 61.8 (90%) were short passes. In a typical 90 minute period, Mooy completed 56.8 (3.5 long/53.3 short) of his 68.7 attempted passes – a completion accuracy of 82.7%.
4. He creates chances for others on a regular basis during a typical 90 minute game period. Last season, he had 2.2 passes per 90 minutes that led to shooting opportunities for teammates. What this means is that around 3.9% of his completed passes led to chances for his teammates.