Huddersfield Town's Welsh goalkeeper Danny Ward (centre left) and Huddersfield Town's German head coach David Wagner (centre right) hold up the Championship Playoff trophy as Huddersfield's players celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out on the pitch after the English Championship play-off final football match between Huddersfield Town and Reading at Wembley Stadium in London on May 29, 2017.
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7 Promoted Clubs That Recruited Heavily as Huddersfield Hit the Transfer Market Hard

Ahead of their first season in the Premier League, Huddersfield have decided to bolster their squad significantly in the hope of establishing themselves in the top flight. Over £40m has been spent as ten new players have arrived at the club, with players such as Tom Ince, Scott Malone and Aaron Mooy tasked with keeping the Terriers up.


Most of that money has been spent in attacking positions, with the club's feat of winning the playoffs without scoring a goal themselves encouraging significant investment as they look to avoid repeating the efforts of goal-shy Middlesbrough.


There is no formula to guaranteed success for promoted clubs once they arrive in the Premier League, with some choosing to keep the squad that got them promoted together and others deciding that significant investment is the way forward.


In honour of Huddersfield's busy efforts so far this summer, here are seven other clubs who signed ten or more players ahead of their first season back in the top flight, to extremely varying degrees of success. 

1. West Ham (2012/13)

West Ham reinforced in all areas ahead of their return to the Premier League in 2012 after a year away, signing eleven new players largely for undisclosed fees.


Mohamed Diamé, James Collins, Matt Jarvis and Andy Carroll arrived to strengthen the squad, and West Ham's policy of wide investment certainly reaped its rewards as they found themselves mid-table for nearly all of the season before finishing 10th.


They have been a permanent fixture of the top flight ever since, suggesting early investment can work extremely well.

2. Queens Park Rangers (2012/13)

QPR's approach to the Premier League appeared to be to push the average age of their players into triple figures as they spent big in 2012.


Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen, Júlio César and Tal Ben Haim all arrived at Loftus Road as first Harry Redknapp and then Mark Hughes tried to pull the group of ageing legs to safety.


They would get nowhere near such a feat, finishing comfortably last and showing all promoted clubs that simply signing lots of well known players is not a recipe for any form of success.

3. Crystal Palace (2013/14)

Seventeen new players, including three on loan, arrived at Selhurst Park in 2013 as Palace wasted no time in making themselves at home back in the top flight.


Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Kevin Phillips were signed to bolster the front line, while Bannan and Kébé were also signed for minimal fees.


These signings didn't make an immediate impact though, with Palace losing nine of their first ten games. In January, the club went back into the market to secure Dann, Ledley, Hennessey and Puncheon, and managed to turn it around to finish 11th.

4. Leicester (2014/15)

Leicester might have bought ten players in the summer of 2014, but they largely consisted of free transfers as the £8m transfer of Leonardo Ulloa made up most of their financial investment.


Albrighton, Upson and Cambiasso arrived for free, but their summer activity looked certain to condemn them to relegation as Leicester were bottom of the league from late November to mid-April.


However, seven wins from their final nine games led the club to the safe haven of 14th, and showed perhaps too much attention is placed on transfers over getting the most out of existing players.

5. Watford (2015/16)

Watford decided to place little trust in the squad that got them promoted and instead signed everyone and anyone. Thirteen new signings were made, while Aké, Diamanti and Ibarbo also arrived on loan.


Capoue, Behrami and Nyom were amongst those to join the club, as Quique Flores was tasked with somehow bringing all these players together to some degree of success.


Ighalo and Deeney shone as Watford managed to finish 11th and suggest that the approach of mass signings can bring its rewards.

6. Bournemouth (2015/16)

Including those arriving on loan, thirteen new faces made their way to the Bournemouth training ground ahead of their first season in the Premier League in 2015.


Tyrone Mings was signed for £8m, while Murray, King and Gradel were all signed to offer the promoted side more options up front.


Defensive reinforcements did not help a leaky defence, but Eddie Howe led his side to 16th and the platform from which they would establish themselves in the Premier League. 

7. Middlesbrough (2016/17)

Middlesbrough's transfer policy looked to be a promising one as they recruited largely through the arrivals of established, successful players. In came Gaston Ramirez, Calum Chambers, Victor Valdés and Alvaro Negredo among others, with the attacking options at the club appearing to be strengthened.


This would prove to be anything but the case as the club mustered twenty seven goals all season and Middlesbrough's return to the Premier League was nothing more than a passing visit.