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Huddersfield frontman Wells believes talented boss Wagner has the X factor


By Mark Walker

Huddersfield striker Nahki Wells is convinced head coach David Wagner is heading for the "very top".

Wagner will lead the Terriers out at Wembley against Reading today after guiding them to the Sky Bet Championship final in his first full season in charge and Wells predicts the 45-year-old German will only get better.

"Phil Parkinson was a really good manager, somebody who did really well to get the best out of his players individually," Wells said.

"But this manager tops it all. He has the character to manage at the very top.

"I've no doubt he could be a bit similar to Jurgen Klopp and go all the way, he has the characteristics.

"I don't want to jump too far ahead, but I'm pretty sure at some point in his career he'll be managing at the very, very top."

The Klopp comparison is inevitable of course given the four years-plus the pair spent working together at Borussia Dortmund.

Lucky for Huddersfield that Wagner chose to head out on his own when he followed Klopp to England, opting for his own project instead of joining his close friend at Liverpool, as had been expected.

"Organisation of course and understanding of how he wants football played," said Wells when asked why he rates Wagner so highly.

"I believe he wants to play the game in the best possible manner. It's very difficult to play against us and we've shown that in all our big games this season.

"We've been relatively victorious and deserved the wins in the big games and it just shows the level we've reached, and can reach, under him.

"But he's still learning. He's only been in the (head coach's) game for two years.

"As times goes on and with more experience he will improve. I imagine next season he'll be an even better manager than this season."

Wells, 26, joined Huddersfield from Bradford for what was then a club record fee of £1.3million in January 2014.

The Bermuda international had caught the attention of a wider audience during Bradford's remarkable run to the League Cup final in 2013 and also won promotion with them via the League Two play-off final in the same season.

Should Huddersfield prevail at Wembley in a game now reported to be worth £200 million, Wells' career would soar to new heights.

"Yeah no doubt," he said. "This is beyond anything. It's every footballer's dream to play in the Premier League and if we were to go up in this manner, they say it's the best route possible.

"So I'm excited and going to do everything in my power as an individual to help get us there."

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