Hull City are building a team to do more than just survive

Following some canny summer signings, can the Tigers prove the doubters wrong next season?

Despite playing some of the best football in last year’s Championship, I was worried for Hull City following their return to the top flight. But with each new signing it becomes increasingly clear the Tigers can do more than just survive.

That may be all they want. And having only just returned there is no need to be greedy for anything more than a 17th-place finish.

But the arrival of Yannick Sagbo, following a loan move for Danny Graham and the intelligent deals to bring Maynor Figueroa and Curtis Davies to the KC Stadium, points to better things ahead.

Blend that experience with the considerable young talent at Steve Bruce’s disposal – not least in the form of Sone Aluko, Robbie Brady and James Chester – and the Tigers have a very real chance of developing in the top flight the way Swansea City and Norwich City have before them.

Bruce has compared Sagbo to Christian Benteke, but it is Graham who could be the real star in front of goal.

The former Swansea striker has been prolific practically everywhere he has been, and following an unrewarding and somewhat baffling move to Sunderland in January, the 27-year-old has some catching up to do.

With 93 goals in six seasons – including last year’s less than perfect campaign – Graham’s signing is a masterstroke by Bruce.

While Sagbo is something of a risk, his new strike-partner most certainly isn’t. And when the hugely-talented Aluko is added to that mix, Hull have a front-line that could be a joy to watch for fans and neutrals alike.

While the experience and talent of Abdoulaye Faye and the now-permanently-signed Ahmed Elmohamady are vital as Bruce attempts to turn his side into more than just one-season wonders.

So although Bruce and his club may not have been making waves during the transfer window, it could be their quiet but effective business that ultimately makes them a club to watch come August.

How well do you think Hull will do next season?  And where else does the manager need to strengthen prior to the new campaign?

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