Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has revealed that the Yorkshire-based club are set to sign Elias Kachunga, who is on loan Bundesliga club Ingolstadt 04, permanently in the summer.
The 24-year-old forward, who was signed on loan with an option to buy at the start of this season, has established himself as a first-team regular in the side. The former German U-21 international, who has played as a striker for the most of his career so far, has been successfully converted into a right winger by David Wagner this season. With 37 appearances, Kachunga is the most capped player for Huddersfield this season in the league, and he has contributed 10 goals from the midfield for Wagner’s team.
Impressed by his performances, Huddersfield have decided to activate the option-to-buy clause in this contract, and the Championship will now pay Ingolstadt £1.13million in the summer to acquire his services permanently.
“I said in the summer that this move was perfect for the club and the player, as the loan gave everyone the chance to see how Elias would adapt to English football.
“I think it’s now correct to say he has adapted well,” Wagner was quoted as saying by Huddersfield’s official website.
The manager went on to express his excitement at making this deal permanent, and he feels that there is still a lot more to come from the winger, whose impressive form had earned him a call-up from DR Congo’s national team earlier this month. Wagner said, “It’s more remarkable that he came to us as a competitor at number nine, but has made the place on the right of midfield his own through his performances.
“I know he is a very popular man with the players and fans, so completing this move is a great day for the club. The most exciting thing is that I believe, at 24 years old, there is still more to come from Elias.”