Marcus Rashford’s very late strike denied Hull City crucial one point against mighty Manchester United yesterday but the Tigers have certainly impressed so far after making their way back to the Premier League. Steve Bruce left his job just before the start of the season leaving the hot seat for Mike Phelan who has to be hailed for the work he has done. Hull City have got the results so far with a very thin squad cursed by injuries. The transfer window slams shut in three days and Hull City are yet to sign a single player. It can prove to be costly for the Tigers if they do not add players to the squad before the transfer window shuts.
Mike Phelan is in the market to add two or three players in the coming days and reports claim that Derby County midfielder Jeff Hendrick is a player they want. The aforementioned report claims that Hull City are willing to spend £7m for the signature of the Irish international who is easily one of the best players in the Championship right now.
One of the most crucial players in helping Hull City getting promotion last season was Mohamed Diame and it was quite a surprise to see the Senegalese international opting for a move to Championship side Newcastle United this summer. With the departure of Diame, Hull miss the much-needed drive in the midfield area. They need someone who can dominate in the middle of the park and make the forward, darting runs. Hendrick will be able to provide the Tigers that tenacity in central midfield.
Blessed with a frame of 6’1″, Hendrick is a strong midfielder who can outmuscle opponents. The Irishman was one of the best performers for his nation in Euro 2016. The 24-year-old has the legs to cover every blade of grass and can dribble his way past defenders. A good passer, be it long or short, Hendrick has what it takes to bring creativity to Hull City midfield.
Hull City have just three accomplished central midfielders right now. Tom Huddlestone is more of a defensive midfielder who likes to sit back and protect the back four. Jake Livermore is a hard-working box to box midfielder but is now doing a great job at central defence alongside Curtis Davies as Dawson, Maguire and Bruce are all out injured. David Meyler is an experienced customer in central midfield but Hendrick will be a big upgrade over his compatriot.
A product of the Derby County youth system, Hendrick has shown that he is deserving of a step up now after featuring 215 times for the Rams till date. Aged 24 only, the Irish international can be a long-term success at the KC Stadium. Mike Phelan has to pull off this deal at any cost or else Hull City’s lack of depth and quality will be exploited anytime soon during the long season.