Sheffield Wednesday made the former Huddersfield Town forward Elias Kachunga their fourth summer signing earlier on Wednesday.
Kachunga was available on a free after leaving Wednesday’s Yorkshire rivals at the end of last season and has agreed an undisclosed-length deal at Hillsborough.
🦉 Give a warm Wednesday welcome to @ekachunga15!#swfc pic.twitter.com/1jrXUQqF7L
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) September 2, 2020
The DR Congo international should be familiar to those of an Owls persuasion, having been part of the Terriers side they faced four times in the 2016/17 season and who beat them in the play-offs that year.
He appeared in each of those encounters – ending that campaign with 13 goals and four assists in 48 games across all competitions – and a further one last term, which followed back-to-back Premier League seasons.
Despite his three goals and five assists in 37 games, in what was his final campaign at the Kirklees Stadium, there is a fear among some Wednesday supporters that Kachunga, now 28, is not the same player he was at the start of his career in England.
But is that in fact the case? This is what those who arguably know him best have had to say about the former Borussia Monchengladbach and Hertha Berlin player, following his move across Yorkshire…
😭 #htafc https://t.co/9MX6dGLS1G
— Alex 🇪🇪 (@htafcalex) September 2, 2020
This looks so wrong. Doesn’t feel right seeing that at all 😅 #htafc https://t.co/ZrirjlcD1V
— Robert (@Robert__Moxon) September 2, 2020
That’s how to announce a signing @htafc Look after him hes a grafter and a Town Legend @ekachunga15 💙 #UTT
— Higgins (@higgins_1986) September 2, 2020
Glad he’s got a move, but would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt seeing him in a Wednesday shirt.
Best of luck for the season Kache, except against us, although I’m sure he’ll be warmly welcomed back to the JSS #htafc https://t.co/JRYdmQMRQM
— Mollie (@MFirth26) September 2, 2020
I hope he does well. One of the few likable players we’ve had in the last few years https://t.co/IYlW1Koh0I
— Ryan (@RyanHTAFC) September 2, 2020
Good luck to @ekachunga15, I hope he can regain his confidence because injuries have really affected him. Always going to be a Huddersfield legend 💙#htafc
— Seb (@SebHTFC) September 2, 2020
This makes my heart hurt… all the best @ekachunga15
Decent reveal video too!! https://t.co/9MgRukKORG
— Ryan HTAFC 🐶 (@Wormdogg) September 2, 2020
— CR (@CR17HTFC) September 2, 2020
He’s a good lad and he gives everything, but honestly, that’s about it.
— Grayboots (@grayboots1962) September 2, 2020
Grafter, good bloke with a good attitude, average paced, possibly his best days are behind him. Struggled for goals over the last couple of seasons
— Captain Thunderbolt (@Terracesider) September 2, 2020
Kachunga isn’t the player he used to be… Will always be a baller to us though.
— Dan Hallas (@DanHallas) September 2, 2020
All the best to Kachunga. Will always be a hero in Huddersfield. Shame about his form the last 2 years which I put down to confidence. If he can find it again at Sheff Wed he will do well #htafc #swfc https://t.co/oNyMqYi5Gh
— Dazza 🏏 (@DazYCCC) September 2, 2020
Kachunga at Wednesday is gut wrenching to me, I wanted him to at least not play for another championship team but to play for them and see him in another teams blue and white makes me want to cry
— Angry Berry (@Berrrrrrrrry) September 2, 2020
@PH50SWFC One of the good guys 100% work rate every game !#Aintnobody @ekachunga15
— richard morson (@richmorson75) September 2, 2020
— Jordy (@jordy_0712) September 2, 2020
Kachunga will reunite with his former Huddersfield teammate Izzy Brown and coach Andrew Hughes at Wednesday.
The Cologne native has played most of his football on the right-hand flank, but can also operate on the left or at centre-forward, as well as in behind the main striker.