Palacios went to Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 and quickly formed a reputation as one of the hard men of Premier League football, the sort of player you hate playing against because you know if you’ve got half an ounce of skill, you’re probably going to get kicked up in the air by him.
His ability to fly around the pitch and launching himself into tackles like he was a teenager is something that made him so popular at White Hart Lane but then a necessity for a more refined footballer kicked in and he was ousted from the first team.
His reputation as a hard man is what seemed to attract Stoke City into paying £6 million for him but he was never able to get the run of games needed at Stoke to prove that he still had what it takes to play at the top level; just nine starts in the last two seasons.
He could soon find himself under a level of pressure and facing a chance which he might not have seen coming.
Players who are underused, whether it’s due to injury or poor form, always have a point to prove and that’s the way Palacios may have been approaching the new season with Stoke but Hull City could give him the chance to enjoy the same sort of status he hasn’t experienced since Tottenham.
“We’re not sure if Stoke are willing to let him go but if he did become available we would be interested of course. We have to wait to see if Stoke say he is surplus to their requirements, but he’s a player I’ve worked with before and like,” said Hull’s Steve Bruce.
Hull presents him with the chance to play for a manager who has gone after him twice already, at Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic, so he knows he’s going to get a fair run on the green at any club managed by Bruce.
He will also be able to get stuck into a newly promoted side, that will be looking to make a much better fist of things after the last time they faced a Premier League season.
He has that level of experience which will be important to Hull heading into the new campaign and just like the club trying to prove they deserve to be in the top flight, he’ll be trying to prove he deserves the right to control the midfield of the football club over the course of the season.
He should also find he’ll get the chance to give in to all of those natural tendencies of being an aggressive ‘go-getter’ sort of a player at Hull because he can offer them that sort of role, taking the pressure away from more attacking and defensive players at the club.
It seems like a good deal all round, it now just remains to be seen whether Hull can pull it off.
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