After a busy and eventful window for The Tigers, we take a closer look at each of their summer signings.
After achieving promotion to this season’s Premier League after a dramatic win in the play-offs last season, things have not exactly gone to plan for Hull City.
Parting ways with popular manager Steve Bruce in July, and heading into the new season with just 14 senior players in the books, things certainly seem bleak for the club in terms of their survival chances.
After a fantastic start to their Premier League campaign, however, and an eventful transfer window for the club, we take a close look at each of their summer signings, and assess how likely they are to succeed for The Tigers this season.
Ryan Mason – £10,500,000 – Grade A
Signed for a club-record fee of slightly over £10 million from Premier League rivals Tottenham; Ryan Mason was the club’s most expensive and biggest-name signing of the summer window.
A graduate of Tottenham’s academy – and going on to make 70 appearances in all competitions for the North London club – Mason is a hard-working an industrious midfielder, who is sure to bring the work-rate and mentality that Hull will so desperately need if they are to avoid relegation this season.
A proven Premier League midfielder, and a man who was in contention for a spot in England’s starting line-up in 2015 – eventually only making one senior appearance – Mason is a fantastic signing for a club of Hull’s stature, and is sure to prove an integral player across the course of this season.
David Marshall – £5,000,000 – Grade B+
Another senior international player, with Premier League experience to boot; Marshall was brought in from Championship rivals Cardiff City, after making 278 appearances in all competitions for his former club.
A solid Championship keeper, with 24 caps for Scotland to his name, Marshall will bring ability and experience to Hull in abundance, as well as providing serious competition for both Allan McGregor, as well as previous first-choice keeper Eldin Jakupovic.
Whether Marshall will continue to be back-up to Jakupovic, or whether current caretaker manager Mike Phelan will trust him with a starting berth in the coming weeks and months remains to be seen. Either way though, a thoroughly solid signing.
Dieumerci Mbokani – Loan – Grade B+
A forward already familiar to Premier League fans due to his time spent on loan at relegated Norwich City last season, Mbokani will provide invaluable firing power for The Tigers throughout this season.
The Congolese forward possesses an extremely impressive scoring record throughout his career, having bagged a total of 117 goals in only 178 appearances.
Whilst most of these goals came whilst playing in both the Ukrainian Premier League and Belgian Pro League, Mbokani also proved that he is capable of scoring at a high level last season – scoring seven league goals for Norwich in his 29 league appearances.
A tall and powerful striker, who will no doubt be a handful for defender all around the country, Mbokani is again a player with a lot of experience, and the ability to score vital goals for Hull throughout the course of this season.
Will Keane – £1,000,000 – Grade C+
A player who once looked destined for great things at former club Manchester United, but has since struggled to make any real impact on British football; Will Keane signing for Hull sees the Stockport-born forward reunited with ex-coach United coach Mike Phelan once again.
Having broken through at United, but only ever going on to make three senior appearances for the Red Devils, Keane has spent the last four seasons on loan at Wigan, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, and Preston North End respectively.
Failing to make a serious impact at any club, however, Keane scored only five goals across his 49 appearances.
Undoubtedly still a player with ability and potential to burn, Keane needs to start making it work, and fast. Hopefully the forwards ex-coach, and now current manager, Mike Phelan, will be exactly the man to help him do so.
Markus Henriksen – Initial Loan – Grade B+
One of the clubs more exciting summer signings, but also a player with a lot to prove in England, Norwegian midfielder Markus Henriksen joins the club on the back of a fantastic campaign with AZ Alkmaar in Holland.
Having previously broken through at Rosenborg in his native Norway, Henriksen moved to the Netherlands in 2012, and has since gone on to make 105 senior league appearances, scoring 24 goals in the process.
Still only 24 – and having scored an impressive 19 goals in all competitions last season – Henriksen certainly brings potential and goals to Hull, with the young midfielder capable of playing both in the middle of the park, as well as just off the striker.
A talented young player, reportedly scouted by some of Europe’s top teams over the past few seasons, Henriksen’s signing is certainly one that is far from risk-free – but is also a risk that the club will have been delighted to take.
James Weir – Undisclosed – Grade C
Another former member of Manchester United’s famed youth academy, and another player of whom great things were expected; 21-year-old James Weir will be hoping to reignite his career with his summer move to Hull.
Having only ever made one senior appearance for the club – coming on as a late substitute in United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in February of 2016 – Weir certainly still has a lot to prove in the Premier League.
Having only recently turned 21, however, time is most definitely on the young midfielder’s side. And with his new club still desperately short of senior players, Hull City may just prove the perfect stage for the player to really kick on, and prove himself at the highest level.
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