Why Hull City are in the best shape for succeeding in the Premier League

Hull City look set for a second stab at Premier League football and they could be in the best shape of all the Championship sides that go up.

Hull have been on a mission ever since they came down from the Premier League and that mission is to make sure they get back to the top flight of English football as quickly as possible.

The club currently sits second with 77 points, six behind Cardiff at the top and six in front of Watford in third place, which means they are odds on for an automatic slot with just four games of the season remaining.

Hull have an advantage over the other Championship sides because they have been in the Premier League in the very recent past.

That gives them an edge in terms of experience, how the division works, what to expect and all of the other general things which come along with Premier League promotion.

They are better suited second time round to handle the Premier League pressure and they are better suited in terms of how they can go about pacing their season.

The last time Hull were in the division, they made a very fast start, beating some big sides, most notably Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, playing well with a very small squad.

It was the size of that squad which ultimately tripped them up because there was only so long they could go maintaining those performances before consistency and fitness started to dip and became a major issue.

Hull also benefit from the experience of an individual in Steve Bruce who has played and managed teams in the division.

That’s significant because Bruce can be hands on with the players who have not experienced the Premier League before and he will go into next season with a point to prove, as some questioned whether he was good enough to coach in the Premier League.

He can ensure that the younger and inexperienced players in his team know what to expect because he has that level of personal experience he can draw on.

He also seems to have the full backing of the Hull City board and owners which means this summer, he should be able to go after his main transfer targets and get them.

If he went into the summer market being told what to do and what he had, rather than the other way round, it could be very difficult for him to improve Hull to the point where they stand a good chance of staying in the Premier League.

How do you think Hull will get on if they go up?

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