Hull City fans name club's most gifted player of all-time

Jay Jay Okocha  - Hull City in action against Michael Essien - Chelsea

Hull City fans have named Jay-Jay Okocha as the club's most technically gifted player of all-time.

Jay Jay Okocha  - Hull City in action against Michael Essien - ChelseaJay-Jay Okocha of Hull City in action against Chelsea's Michael Essien

Last week Hull City fans named Hatem Ben Arfa as the club's most disappointing signing of the last decade - this week they named Jay-Jay Okocha as the club's most naturally gifted player of all-time. In a landslide vote, Okocha, who played just 19 games for the Tigers, finished comfortably ahead of second placed Geovanni.

In what one suspects was a vote weighed heavily by younger supporters, Raich Carter failed to even make the top three, whilst Neil Franklin received the same slice of the vote as Mo Diame. Despite those oddities, Okocha's position in top spot is an understandable one.

The Nigerian midfielder spent the majority of his career in the top tiers of Germany, Turkey, France and England. In terms of skill, flair and sheer audacity, few players compare to Jay-Jay in the history of the beautiful game. A joyous player to watch, Okocha was well into his 30's at the KCOM Stadium, but still graced East Yorkshire with some wonderful cameo appearances. 

Mural of former Sunderland player Raich Carter in HendonRaich Carter is surely among Hull City's most gifted players of all-time

3. Nick Barmby (10%)

All three of the top three nominees with the most votes played for Hull City in the last decade. The earliest of these being Nick Barmby. Hull-born, Barmby played for the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool, winning 23 caps for England, before making the switch to boyhood club Hull City in 2004. He went on to play more than 200 games for the Tigers, winning two promotions. 

2. Geovanni (24%)

With just shy of a quarter of the overall vote, and more than three times as many votes as English footballing legend Raich Carter, Geovanni was the poll's runner-up. The Samba star played for the likes of Barcelona and Brazil before arriving in Hull, and quickly lit up the KCOM Stadium, having a barnstorming first six months with the club. 

1. Jay-Jay Okocha (52%)

Hull City's Jay Jay OkochaHull City's Jay-Jay Okocha

In top spot, with over half of the overall vote, is Jay-Jay Okocha. One of the greatest African footballers of all-time, Jay-Jay made 18 league appearances and one cup appearance for Hull City. It would be untrue to say he was integral on the pitch during the Tigers 2007-08 promotion campaign, mostly making cameo appearances, coming on to humiliate Championship defenders for 10 or 15 minutes.

His impact off the pitch may have been understated though. Seeing a player of Jay-Jay's calibre arrive at the KCOM must surely have been a huge boost to the Tigers squad, and many fans delighted in simply watching the Nigerian warm-up before games, such was his ability with the ball at his feet. 

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