Hull City fans react to Jackson Irvine's home debut in Preston defeat

Leonid Slutsky manager of Hull City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Jackson Irvine made his first appearance at the KCom Stadium after signing for Hull City from Burton Albion in the summer.

Jackson Irvine of Burton Albion celebrates after scoring the opener during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Cardiff City at Pirelli Stadium on October 1, 2016 in...

Hull City looked to have pulled off a real coup when they beat off huge Championship competition to sign Burton Albion star Jackson Irvine in the summer.

Arriving for £2 million (Hull City Independent), the Australian international scored 10 goals in the second tier to keep The Brewers in the league against all the odds last season and was expected to add an another dimension to a Hull side aiming to rebound directly back to the Premier League after another relegation in 2016/17.

However, while manager Leonid Slutsky may take some degree of the blame after starting the attacking midfielder in an unsuited deeper role in his home debut against Preston North End on Tuesday night, it’s fair to say the fans were largely underwhelmed by Irvine’s display.

Leonid Slutsky manager of Hull City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

In fact, it was his slip that allowed Callum Robinson to nab a winner with just two minutes remaining as his career at the KCom Stadium got off to the worst possible start.

There’s no doubting, however, that Irvine will prove to be an astute acquisition eventually, his ability to score from deep likely to be a valuable asset to a club shorn of stricken star striker Abel Hernandez.

Jackson Irvine of Burton celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Derby County at Pirelli Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Burton-...

And things can only improve from here.

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