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3 Areas Where Hull City Need To Strengthen Before The Transfer Window Slams Shut

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The kind of start Hull City had to their season is remarkable and no matter how much we applaud interim manager Mike Phelan for the good work, it won’t be enough. Steve Bruce leaving the head coach’s job just before the start of the campaign, a serious and early injury crisis at the club, the owners not splashing a single penny in the market everything has gone against the Tigers since they made their way back to the Premier League winning the Championship playoffs but Hull City hardly cared for that.

Taking all positives into account, if we take a closer and deeper look at the Hull City squad, the lack of depth and quality both will be evident. Let’s not go over the moon following the impressive results Hull City managed so far and come back to reality and that is the Tigers need to make at least some bolstering to their squad before the transfer window slams closed on August 31st. Here are three areas that are craving for additions to the most.

Full-backs

Hull City are short on numbers in both right-back and left-back positions. First choice right-back Moses Odubajo is missing with an injury as Ahmed Elmohamady, who is primarily a winger, is plying his trade as a makeshift right-back. On the other hand, Hull City do not have an alternative to first-choice left-back Andrew Robertson either. Hull City need to sign both a right-back and a left-back but there is not much time left for them to do that. So, a right-back who can also do a decent job on the left will do (easier said than done).

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 20: Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City gesticulates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Hull City at Liberty Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES – AUGUST 20: Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City gesticulates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Hull City at Liberty Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Patrik Lundin/Getty Images)

Central midfield

Hull City have just three out and out central midfield players right now in the form of Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and David Meyler. The Tigers are yet to react to the departure of Mohamed Diame. A new central midfield should be a priority from the Premier League new boys or else their lack of options will haunt them at the end of the season.

Flanks

Right now, Robert Snodgrass and Adama Diomande are playing on the flanks for Hull City although Sam Clucas, who is playing centrally, is also a winger by trade. Adama Diomande is primarily a centre-forward who is capable of playing wide but Phelan is using his versatility right now but I cannot go on for the whole season. Hull City would be wise to bring in a quality winger before the transfer window slams shut.

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