The January transfer window is finally upon us which means we should be seeing plenty of changes in the Hull City Football Club line-up over the next while.
We may only be a few days into the New Year, but plenty has already happened at Hull City FC since the clock struck midnight on 31st December 2017!
We see the reappearance of an old face, the return of two injured players, bidding hits and misses, and some forced changes that are for now still being kept under wraps. Intriguing!
David Marshall’s Return to the Field
David Marshall will start for Hull City this weekend in what will be his first senior appearance since May 2017.
The last time Marshall featured for the Tigers was the 7-1 annihilation by Tottenham Hotspur in the final game before relegation from the Premier League.
Allan McGregor had been the steadfast favourite during the reigns of Slutsky and Adkins, but Marshall will now be given the opportunity in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers.
Injured Players to Feature at Ewood Park
Previously injured players David Meyler and Fraizer Campbell could both feature at the Ewood Park game against the Blackburn Rovers this Saturday.
Head coach Nigel Adkins was quoted as saying: “Frazier needs to play. How long he plays, we wait and see, but the important thing is we got a poor result and in large the performance was good against Bolton.”
The return of these injured players will surely have an impact on sports betting NZ as there are some doubts as to whether it’s too early for Meyler to return to the field, but with Stephen Kingsley unavailability, Meyler may not have much choice but to.
More Changes Still Being Kept Under Wraps
Adkins also hinted at a few possible line-up changes – some of which could be forced – that he is still keeping under wraps at present.
Essentially, as far as we can gather, Adkins is giving players who haven’t started a few or those who are back from injury, a chance to prove themselves. He was stated as saying that this would also assist the transfer window.
Hull City Set to Bid for Kieftenbeld
According to a report from The Mirror via the Birmingham Mail, both Hull City and Sunderland are set to bid for Birmingham City’s Maikel Kieftenbeld whose contract will come to an end in summer.
The 27-year-old defensive-midfielder was all set to join Championship rivals Derby back in August 2017, but unfortunately the deal collapsed due to red tape.
While his long-term future remains in doubt, there has been rumoured interest from City dating back as far as November 2017 and Adkins has been to watch him play recently.
Losing Out on Premier League Youngster
Hull City this week failed to sign an unnamed Premier League youngster on loan after being quoted an outlandish financial package.
Adkins aims to bolster an injury-prone squad fighting against relegation to League One by bringing in fresh faces, and he has previously stated that he will target a new central defender, winder, and centre-forward.
However, limited resources will most likely bring moves in the loan market. Adkins: “The January window in particular makes it very, very challenging from financial point of view.”