Premier League Preview: Hull City A.F.C.

Eric Toth

2015/16 Finish: Promoted via playoffs

Hull are back, but not without their problems… Steve Bruce, the boss that brought the club back into the English top flight, has left the club without a manager just three weeks before the new season kicks off. Rumors are swirling that the Tigers are in for Gianfranco Zola as a replacement for Bruce. Appointing Zola would fit the trend of being woefully disappointing as everything has been at Hull since winning promotion.

 

Transfers In: Will Mannion (Tribunal)

With McGregor, Odubajo, Bruce all out for six months, and Michael Dawson, who is out for three months, you’d expect Hull to look to strengthen, but they’ve not done that…as a matter of fact, they haven’t done much of anything.

The sole signing, Will Mannion, joined the club from AFC Wimbledon and will join up with the youth squad.

Transfers Out: Sone Aluko and Ryan Taylor (Released) 

Aluko made 31 appearences for Hull last campaign, contributing 3 goals. Ryan Taylor rarely featured for the club last year, only managing 12 appearences in all competitions. While the duo weren’t vital in the Championship, they did provide another option off the bench and cover for injuries, something that the club is severely lacking at the moment.

Key Player(s): Andrew Robertson

I had an entire write up of how vital Mo Diame was for the squad and how his ever-so timely goals, one of which won Hull promotion last season, will be crucial to Hull’s success, but it seems he’s off to Newcastle! Now with Diame gone, Andrew Robertson is one of the few shining lights left at Hull and provides the club with a bit of an x-factor. Robertson joined the club in 2014 from Dundee United and since then has been linked an array of big clubs, among them rivals Liverpool and Manchester United. The left back was ever-present in Hull’s squad last season, starting 45 of 46 league matches. In a newly-promoted club that is currently manager-less, depth-less and, at the risk of sounding harsh, hopeless, Robertson provides consistency in his play and will no doubt be key to any success that Hull may find.

Predicted 2016/17 Finish: 19th

After a successful campaign in the English Championship, Hull City AFC are back in the Premier League … for now. Hull will face an uphill battle to stay in the English top flight this year, but thus far, they haven’t shown much in the summer window to prove that they are up for the fight. As things stand, it looks very bleak for Hull, no manager, no additions to the first team, an injury list that keeps growing and the, what seems to be, inevitable loss of their key man, Diame. With the loss of their manager and star man, Hull will almost certainly be relegated.

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