WHEN Huddersfield Town sold Lee Peltier to Leicester City last summer following their second successive play-off failure, fans of the West Yorkshire club feared they would struggle to replace the talented full-back.
But academy product Jack Hunt, who had a loan spell at Chesterfield in 2011, has filled the void admirably, becoming a first-team regular.
He has made 49 appearances and was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year. The 21-year-old, like Sheffield United’s Matthew Lowton, enjoys bombing forward and he grabbed the crucial second goal at MK Dons in the first leg of their semi-final tie.
Hunt’s teammate, Calum Woods, is a makeshift left-back. The former Liverpool trainee is predominantly right-footed but has played on the left side of the back four for long periods of the season due to injuries to Gary Naysmith.
Woods is quick, strong in the tackle and competent on the floor.
At Bramall Lane, Lowton has been one of the club’s top performers in their promotion tilt. His form has attracted admiring glances from Ipswich Town and Cardiff City and, should United lose at Wembley, expect there to be much interest in his services.
Matt Hill could make his final appearance for United next Saturday. The Blackpool loanee boasts a wealth of experience but his passing can be indifferent.
In the ratings battle, I can’t split Hunt and Lowton and both are eight out of 10 but Woods edges Hill by seven points to six.