With every out of contract player choosing not to renew, Hull City began pre season with a heavily depleted squad. However, unlike recent years, the club chose to bring in new players relatively early to fill the holes left by Abel Hernandez, Michael Dawson, Seb Larsson and co. So with that in mind, let’s have a look at the six signings brought in by Nigel Adkins and Head of Recruitment Lee Darnborough.
Eric Lichaj: Brought in to fill the right-back position that has troubled the Tigers so much over the recent seasons. Ahmed Elmohamady, Omar Elabdellaoui and Ola Aina have failed to convince in the role since Moses Odubajo’s knee injury which has kept him out of action for the past two seasons. Brian Lenihan also struggled with injuries and personal issues, therefore the signing of a proven, steady right back in Lichaj was a welcome sight. Out of favour at Nottingham Forest and available at a good price, the American international will hope to become a fans favourite as he was at the City Ground and start as many games as possible at a club who will give him game-time.
David Milinkovic: A dynamic left-winger bought from Genoa for £200k after a loan spell at Hearts last year. With Kamil Grosicki almost seemingly on his way out the signing of Milinkovic looks a good one. A player at a good age with a good number of goals and assists under his belt in a British league, Milinkovic will be looking to carry this form into the Championship. A couple of impressive showings in pre-season have supporters looking forward to seeing how he performs on a bigger stage. A solid acquisition on paper.
Reece Burke: Leaving his boyhood club West Ham in the search for first team football, centre back Burke arrives at the KCOM with a fair bit of experience considering he is only 21 years of age with loan spells at Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers. By far the most expensive signing made this summer at £1.5m, Burke is first team ready as well as being a player who more than likely could be sold on for a very large profit in the future. Whether he starts the majority of matches this season is yet to be seen as he competes with Angus MacDonald, Ondrej Mazuch and Jordy de Wijs in a very competitive centre back department.
Jordy de Wijs: Another centre back brought in to replace the likes of Michael Dawson, Fikayo Tomori and Michael Hector, de Wijs is built for English football. Another player who comes to the club with good experience for his age de Wijs made his début for PSV in the Champions League against Wolfsburg, then going on to have two successful loan spells with Excelsior. De Wijs fits the philosophy of young, hungry players that Adkins is trying to create and for me, looks another good signing.
Todd Kane: Despite the reports saying Chelsea were set to terminate Kane’s contract and let him join City on a free, Kane signed on a season long loan with the option to buy. Offering depth in the right back position, he also is comfortable to play at left back or on the right-wing. Another player with a wealth of experience, a fair bit of which is in the Championship, at a good age and impressive in pre-season, Kane looks an astute signing who offers an option in various positions. Would look to make permanent upon the expiration of his contract.
George Long: Goalkeeper was probably a position that, in my opinion didn’t really need strengthening but this signing actually looks like a clever one. Long being back up to David Marshall allows England youth international Will Mannion to go out on loan, probably to League One, to gain valuable first team experience instead of sitting on the Tigers’ bench or being third choice to Callum Burton. Long is tried and tested under Adkins from their time together at Sheffield United and looks a solid second choice. Also, there is a good chance he will be first choice next season if Marshall doesn’t renew his contract which I can’t see happening as he will be one of the club’s top earners from the Premier League days. Overall, Long was a signing that suited City and Sheffield United and allows another goalkeeper to go out on loan and develop their ability. Good stuff.
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