Premier League Preview Number 19: Hull City

06 August 2009

Hull City

Biggest Ins: Seyi Olofinjana is a good box to box midfielder who will provide a positive spine for Hull City. Steven Mouyokolo is a nice young center back who could possibly end up forming a great pairing with Michael Turner.

Biggest Outs: No massive losses for Hull City as they cleaned out some of the extreme fringe players. Sam Ricketts doesn’t exactly set the world alight, and Paul McShane is just as capable at right back to take his place.

Easiest Month: October. Wigan Athletic comes to town before the international break. Hull City then travel to Fulham before hosting Portsmouth, ending the month away to Turf Moor and Burnley. It is possible Hull City can get eight points in October.

Toughest Month: January. After the FA Cup third round proper, Hull City host Chelsea. Two straight road adventures see them go to White Hart Lane and Old Trafford. The Tigers end the month hosting Wolves. At best, Hull City can only get three points… at the end of the month.

Five Questions About Hull City This Season

1) Can Phil Brown keep a set starting eleven and not panic rotate? Once it went downhill for Phil Brown, it was everything he could do to rotate the squad. It killed any chance Hull City had at momentum. If Phil Brown gets off to a slow start and panic rotates, he will lose this dressing room.
2) Has Geovanni’s attitude changed? Let’s be frank about it, it wasn’t exactly the best in the world last year and when he threw his toys out the pram, it led to some seriously awkward moments. If he’s changed his attitude and regains his early season form, Hull City won’t even sink this low in the table. If it is the same as the end of last season, the midfield will be fractured.
3) Do Hull have a reliable keeper? Boaz Myhill doesn’t exactly give confidence at the back for Hull City and it will be up to whatever partnership is in front of him to bail him out.
4) Who is the up front partnership? If I had to guess, it will be Daniel Cousin and Craig Fagan to start the season. Sure Jozy Altidore is coming in, but I don’t see him touching the first team unless Richard Garcia or Caleb Folan are hurt. Other than Cousin, there is really no reliable second option.
5) Which Hull City shows up? Will it be the Hull City side that took the Premier League by storm or will it be the Hull City that made Derby County look like Manchester United? As you will see, I think it’s the latter instead of the former.

My Ultimate Reality: Sorry to depress Tiger fans, but Phil Brown has taken Hull City as far as he can. Sadly, I don’t think Hull City management will be willing to pull the trigger. Yes, they have the talent to stay up, but they don’t have the manager to do so. I think they will end up with something in the high twenties to low thirties, but they will be confirmed to go down before the start of May.

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