After last Saturday’s 1 – 0 loss away to Sunderland, Hull City supporter’ fear of relegation became all the more real. A summer of discontent and many new players led to a shaky start with fans hoping things would settle down once the players got to know one another. Halfway through January and Hull City’s starting eleven still looks like 11 individuals, not one team. It is a club sleepwalking towards the third tier of English football and if relegation were to happen, another summer of discontent is likely to follow with another mass exodus of players. So with that in mind, what current Hull City players would leave the sinking ship in the summer?

Kamil Grosicki – the Polish international on his day is the best player in the Championship and somehow didn’t manage to get his move back to a top-tier of football in the summer. Many clubs were linked and Grosicki even came out himself and said he was disappointed to have not got his move. Performances have blown hot and cold over the course of the season but there is no denying the rapid left winger is an enigma. In the games he has been absent with injury the goals have significantly dried up just showing the man is vital if the club want to be successful in the Championship. Although past his prime, Grosicki still has a lot to offer and if Hull City were to be relegated, a sale me best the best option for both parties considering Grosicki is under contract until 2020 so a substantial fee would be likely.

Abel Hernandez – The Uruguayan centre forward is now a dead certainty to exit the club in the summer, relegated or not. In an interview with an Italian media outlet, he has come out and expressed his desire to leave Hull City and possibly go back to playing his trade in Serie A. The Hernandez situation possibly represents the Allam’s most awful piece of business yet. In the summer of 2014 a club record £10,000,000 was paid Hernandez and four years on he will be allowed to leave for nothing. An outstanding Championship striker when playing, he would be more than asset in the Championship. There is no issue with a player of his calibre departing the club but there is an issue with making a 10 million pound loss on him, just two years on from Aston Villa being ready to pay £20,000,000 for him.

Jarrod Bowen – although under contract until 2020, Bowen has gained a wonderful status this season. With rumours of Brighton and Swansea being willing to pay £8,000,000 for his services, relegation would spark a bidding frenzy but his goal-scoring capabilities. Able to play up front or put wide, Bowen is a versatile youngster who will more than likely progress on to the Premier League in time. Another player graduated through the U23’s after signing from Hereford, if Bowen were to stay for a few more years he would likely go down as a club legend but if the Tigers were to get relegated, I imagine Bowen would be no hurry to stick around to play at Gillingham on a cold Tuesday night when he is capable of so much more.

Ryan Mason –  arguably the most talented player the squad, the ex England international is yet to recover from his life threatening I just suffered in January of 2016. A central midfielder able to play in an attacking and defensive role, had that injury not occurred it is more than likely Mason did already have moved on. Awaiting the results of more brain scans this month, it is yet to be see whether Mason can continue his once promising career. Like with Grosicki and Hernandez, Mason will be one of the top earners at the football club and having taken a significant pay cut after relegation to the Championship, relegation to League One would be unappealing from a financial point of view as well as a football point of view. If Mason manages to get some Championship minutes before Mat and impress, he will not be short of suitors maybe from the Premier League or elsewhere. Wherever interest comes from, relegation would more than likely see Mason leave to seek pastures new and play at the level his talents merit.

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By Simon Bullock

18 year old Sports Journalism student at Leeds Trinity University. Guiseley fan.