Ghanaian midfielder Collin Quaner was hugely influential for Huddersfield as they made a dream start to their first ever Premier League season with a convincing 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The Ghana-eligible player, who was a second-half substitute, set up one goal as the visitors sealed the emphatic victory away from home.
Widely dismissed as contenders for relegation before they had even kicked a ball, Huddersfield produced a typically-energetic display to outclass their experienced hosts, earn three vital points and climb to first place.
Their season may yet descend into a battle for survival, but after Joel Ward’s own goal, two fine finishes from club-record signing Steve Mounie gave David Wagner and his team significant reason to believe they may yet be capable of more.
From Aaron Mooy’s 23rd-minute corner, Christopher Schindler flicked on possession towards Mathias Jorgensen, whose unconvincing cross was then poorly turned in by Ward beyond Wayne Hennessey to give Huddersfield the lead.
The hosts’ confidence suffered, and it took only a further three minutes for them to concede a second.
With time and space on the left wing, Mooy sent an accurate cross into Palace’s area from where Mounie was left unchallenged to routinely head his first goal for the club.
When Scott Dann wasted another chance by shooting over the crossbar, even a draw appeared beyond Palace, but there was still time for the 22-year-old Mounie to score his team’s third.
In the 79th minute, substitute Collin Quaner broke and squared to the striker on the edge of the area, from where he classily finished inside the right post to further reward a fine debut display.
Quaner has played for the German youth national teams but he is eligible to play for Ghana as his father comes the West African country.
Since he has not played for the German national team, he can still switch nationality to play for Ghana.
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