Hull City have already been busy in the summer shipping out various players and loanees from last season. I will take you through who has gone, what I thought of them and how we can improve on the team for next season.
Marco Silva: (rating) 9
To start off simply, the young manager will be greatly missed. However, a lot of the tigers faithful have already “happily” parted ways with him. The Portuguese former right-back joined the tigers on January the 5th, replacing (then) current coach, Mike Phelan.
Silva’s form under Hull city was: played 22, won 8, drew 3, and lost 11. He then resigned on the 25th of May and joined Watford. Along with his personal backroom staff, he brought confidence, positivity and an attractive playing style to the KCOM stadium. A perfect start against Swansea City in the F.A cup brought extra fans in to see the new manager, the women looked at more than his managing abilities!
The cool faced tiger also recorded huge wins against Manchester united in the EFL cup and Liverpool at home. We have now replaced him with big unit Leonid Slutsky, a man who looks hungry to gain promotion! The 46-year-old has won 2 Russian Cups, 2 Russian Super Cups and won the Russian Premier League 3 times! The fans have met him with much praise, mainly because the former ‘keeper retired after just 13 professional games (aged 19) due to falling out of a tree trying to save a cat! What a man!
If circumstances were different then I would have been delighted to have kept the flawless manager.
Curtis Davies: (rating) 10
Captain Curtis! Davies joined the black and amber army in 2013, the year the tigers started life back in the premier league. The 32-year-old centre-back spent 4 years at Hull, 2013-2017. Within them years he gave us some memorable moments, from the last-ditch tackle against Sheffield Wednesday to putting us 2-0 ahead in the F.A cup final, never forget…
Playing 143 games and scoring 7 times, he became a “legend” to a lot of the city fans. Davies was known for his captaincy, leadership and hard, expert tackling. He joined Derby County to continue his career, seemingly because of the Allam’s continuing poisoning of our club. Scoring at Wembley will have been the highlight of his Hull City career, he also scored against Brighton and Sunderland to ensure that “little old city” continued a delightful cup run.
Ideally I would have kept him, but as an older player who can be easily replaced, it gives the loss a bit of consolation. If we could bring in the experienced Charlie Mulgrew I would be more than happy, a strong defender with a captains head. Bags of experience would be brilliant to help get us out of the Championship. Also suggested to join Hull is Thomas Kalas who spent last season at Fulham. He starred at the back for the London club and helped them finish 6th in the table. A young hungry player who would feed the tigers back to the top!
Who do the club need to bring in now? Let us know in the comments below!