Monday, August 04, 2008

The off-season: Hull City

Hull City will be in the top flight for the first time in its history, which stretches back more than a hundred years. So forgive me if I state I know nothing about how the team play or what kind of players they have. Phil Brown, who used to be Sam Allardyce's number two at Bolton before going off to Derby and failing there, will have a hard time keeping them up. In the back of his mind he knows the team won't stay up. He will have to wait out this season, pick up the parachute payments and try again the season afterwards to consolidate themselves in the Premier League.

With that said, he does seem to be attempting to stay in the Premier League from some of his summer signings...

GK: Boaz Myhill, Tony Warner, Matt Duke

Bringing in Warner gives Hull City some Premier League experience between the sticks. Although Myhill is a keeper with international experience with Wales, he's still relatively inexperienced and will be facing top strikers every week. Don't be surprised if Warner starts to be in the goal during the middle of the campaign.

RB: Nathan Doyle, Bernard Mendy, Sam Ricketts

It will be a straight fight between Ricketts & Mendy for the number two position. Doyle may move on but he's still young.

LB: Andy Dawson

Dawson still is the only left back on the squad, so it won't be a surprise if Brown recruits a more experienced left-sided defender to back-up or even displace Dawson.

CB: Michael Turner, Anthony Gardner, Wayne Brown

Hull needed to bring in a defender with Premier League experience, so bringing in Gardner on loan was a good find. They still need to bring in another central defender.

WG: Ryan France, Richard Garcia, Nick Barmby, Craig Fagan, Peter Halmosi

This is where Hull have an abundance of wealth. With Nick Barmby being the experience they need, it will alow the likes of Garcia, Fagan & Halmosi to attack without fear. France is most likely to leave though.

CM: Ian Ashbee, Geovanni, Bryan Hughes, John Welsh, George Boateng

Brown has got the best idea of bringing two veterans in the likes of Geovanni & Boateng to be the centre of midfield. It looks like club veteran Ashbee will have to take a back seat whilst Welsh needs to rediscover the form he had at Liverpool.

FW: Caleb Folan, Dean Windass

If Brown doesn't recruit now, he won't be in the job come Christmas. Goals keep you up and he doesn't have any strikers of worth. It's difficult seeing where the goals will come from for Hull City at the moment. Folan didn't exactly light the Premier League up with his previous club Wigan Athletic whilst Windass will be used sparingly due to his age. Phil Brown will have to invest in a striker with Frazier Campbell, last season's top striker for the Tigers, staying at Manchester United for the immediate future.


In: 1 x Left-back, 1 x Centre-back, 2 x Forwards
Out: Doyle, France, Welsh

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