Written by David Robinson
The transfer window has opened and with the season not too far away, clubs up and down the country will be looking to do some excellent business ahead of the deadline to give themselves the best possible chance of success. The window also provides an opportunity for players to make a move to better their careers. Watford’s Tommie Hoban is a player who has impressed since his emergence under Gianfranco Zola a few years back, unfortunately he has suffered set backs with regards to injury and has missed precious game time in the process. With Hoban unlikely to feature under Walter Mazzarri, a loan move would be the best option for the academy graduate. The 22 year old possesses a good ability to read the game and is a reliable player more often than not. While a move way could certainly benefit clubs, it is now a huge season for the Hornets player as he needs to recover from his long term injury and prove what he is capable of playing at a high level. I’ve picked 3 Championship clubs which would suit both the player and club the most.
The Bees were interested in the centre back in late December 2014 and Hoban very much has the feel of a Brentford player. It was a disappointing campaign for Brentford last season with the side under new management failing to reach the heights of the previous season when the club reached the play-offs. The London side have sold key players in recent years but have always looked for innovative new ideas as to finding alternatives. Hoban would have to compete for places at Griffin Park with Harlee Dean, Yoann Barbet at the club while Andreas Bjelland will be looking to also recover from a season long injury. Competition for places could get the best out of Hoban and over a long 46 game season, game time is still likely with a chance for the Watford defender to prove his worth. He is capable of playing out from the back which suits the philosophy at Griffin Park.
Probably the most fitting out of the 3 clubs, the Republic of Ireland under 21 international could link back up with former boss Slavisa Jokanovic who is in charge at Craven Cottage. There is no doubting that the Cottagers need defensive reinforcements having had one of the worst defences in the league last campaign. The club have also lost Dan Burn on a free transfer so a move away from Vicarage Road could benefit all three parties. Jokanovic and Hoban will both know what to expect from each other. The centre halfs mature style and ability to snuff out the danger would be an excellent addition to Fulham’s squad. A loan deal would certainly not break the bank and you can see the experienced Richard Stearman forming a nice partnership with the 22 year old. A much improved season is needed from Jokanovic’s men and this deal would more than likely put them in the right direction.
Another manager again for Leeds United, this time Garry Monk has got enough time to build his own squad at Elland Road with Steve Evans certainly implementing some nice foundations with a talented young handful of players at his disposal. A few astute signings could take this Leeds side up a notch. An addition at the heart of defence is probably a key area for development with the Yorkshire club not blessed with top quality in this department. Hoban has shown during his time at Vicarage Road that he has plenty of capabilities especially under the guidance of Gianfranco Zola where he was a key part of the clubs success which lead the club to the Play-Off Final. A loan up North could prove to be an inspired choice for player and club. If Monk can once again demonstrate his managerial capabilities, Hoban could prove to be a strong part of a side that are more resilient which makes Elland Road a fortress. The young defender can also operate as a full back if required so the man who was also on Arsenal’s books as a teenager can provide versatility as well as a cheap signing for the club.
Brentford, Fulham and Leeds fans, would Hoban be a good signing for your club? Let us know in the comments below!
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