Hull City left it late in the transfer window, not making their first signing until Tuesday, but ended up with 6 new recruits.
It was a tense end to the transfer window for Hull City supporters, knowing that the club had a threadbare squad and an unresolved ownership situation.
Having started the season with just 13 fit senior players, of which only 11 were outfield players; the club’s players, staff and supporters knew they needed a busy end to the transfer window if they were to give themselves a fighting chance of staying in the Premier League this season.
Ultimately, Mike Phelan and his team brought six players into the club on the final two days of the window, but will that be enough and how good are those players? We assess Hull City’s transfer dealings:
David Marshall – C+
David Marshall is a good goalkeeper. His quality is immediately apparent by the reaction of Cardiff City supporters to the Scotsman’s departure.
The 31-year-old has great reflexes and didn’t cost Hull a great deal of money, but the only concern is where he will find himself in the pecking order.
One doesn’t imagine Marshall would be happy to sit on the bench at Hull City, but nor would it be fair to drop Eldin Jakupovic, who has made a flying start to the season. And once Allan McGregor is back fit, Mike Phelan may have a job on his hands keeping the two Scots, Jakupovic and Dusan Kuciak all happy.
Ryan Mason – B+
The Tigers biggest signing of the summer came the day before the deadline closed, and set a club record transfer fee in the process. The deal for Mason appeared to be off at one stage, with Sunderland said to be the new favourites, but that wasn’t the case, and the midfielder became Hull’s second summer signing.
Mason wasn’t cheap, costing a reported £11m, overtaking Abel Hernandez as the clubs record buy, but he arrives with considerable pedigree and as a player who should fit in well at the KCOM.
Mason was in the England team less than a year ago, and will link up with former Tottenham teammates Michael Dawson, Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone in East Yorkshire. A tidy player but also someone with a great attitude, Mason is a good signing by Phelan as he should aid the sky high team spirit already existing at Hull.
Will Keane – C
Will Keane is a player with undoubted ability, and were it not for a nasty knee ligament injury in 2012, most feel he would be in and around the Manchester United first team right now.
That being said, the 23-year-old may consider himself somewhat fortuitous to have secured a deal with a Premier League club, given that in four separate loan moves to the Championship he has failed to impress on each occasion, least of all last term with Preston.
The twin brother of Burnley defender Michael Keane, Will certainly needs to step it up at Hull if he wants to see any first team action. Mike Phelan obviously knows him well from his time at Manchester United, and must have faith that he can tap into the youngsters potential and previously shown promise.
Dieumerci Mbokani – B
Powerful Congolese forward Dieumerci Mbokani is a signing that was unlikely to make many headlines, but it was a very important one for Hull City.
Mbokani is a player who can score goals, 16 in 35 for his country, 33 in 53 for Anderlecht and 7 in 15 starts for Norwich in the Premier League last season, but he brings more than goals to Mike Phelan’s team.
What Mbokani brings is a plan B. The on-loan Dynamo Kyiv striker is big, strong and powerful, something Hull City have lacked for a long time now, and when Abel Hernandez presence isn’t enough, Mbokani is a very useful option.
James Weir – C+/B
A signing which is difficult to asses, given that James Weir has only ever made one senior appearance in his career to date, and that was as an injury-time substitute for Manchester United.
He captained Manchester United’s title winning under-21’s last season, who are managed by Hull City legend Warren Joyce.
A creative midfield player with a good attitude, he could be very well suited to this Hull City team. If he can replicate the success of the likes of James Chester and Robbie Brady who swapped Man Utd for Hull then he will prove to be an excellent signing.
Markus Henriksen – A
It is important to remember when assessing the signing of Norwegian midfielder Markus Henriksen that he has only played his football in the lesser Norwegian and Dutch leagues to date.
That being said, he is a signing which is difficult not to get excited about for Hull City fans. The last player to join the Premier League this summer, he is also one that ranks highly among those people ought to look out for.
Tipped for success since his teens, Henriksen is 24 now, and continues to grow as a player. He scored 19 goals from midfield last season and is noted for his stamina and intelligence on the football pitch, leading to comparisons with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.