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Hull City’s Search For A Striker Takes Them To Liverpool; Would This Goalscorer Be A Good Buy?

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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).

This must a tough time for the Hull City fans being without a manager with Premier League set to kick off in less than two weeks’ time. What do you expect from a newly promoted Premier League club? A series of big transfers to cope up with the quality of the Premier League is what we anticipate from a side who just made their way to the top tier. Middlesbrough is a point in case.

The Tigers find themselves in deep trouble right now. Without a manager, Hull won’t be able to make the proper use of the transfer market and it could prove to be costly at the end of the season. Despite their lack of activity in the market, Hull City have been linked with a loan move for out of favour Liverpool forward Christian Benteke as per The Hull Daily Mail.

It’s still a big surprise why then Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers opted for a move for Christian Benteke. It was a deal that was always going to be a letdown. Benteke failed to live up to his elephantic £32.5m price tag, scoring just 10 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions and he is expected to leave Anfield this summer with Liverpool hoping to recoup as much of that transfer fee as possible.

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool instructs Christian Benteke during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – MAY 18: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool instructs Christian Benteke during the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

First of all, a loan move does not make much sense as Liverpool are unlikely to accept the offer. Benteke is far from a player in Jürgen Klopp’s plans and it won’t change even if Benteke bags the Premier League Golden Boot during his loan spell. The big Belgian’s style of play does not go with the German manager’s football philosophy, it’s as simple as that.

Even if Liverpool let Benteke join the Tigers on loan, I don’t see it being a success. Hull City are not a team that play too many long balls or do not have players who can constantly feed the Belgian with quality crosses from the wide areas. The reason behind Benteke being a big success at Aston Villa was the Villans always played to the 25-year-old’s strengths. He scored quite a lot of goals in his three-year stay at Villa and there’s no reason why he can’t do it again if deployed in a similar setup.

Benteke desperately needs a club who have enough quality to create from the flanks. It will be the make or break season for the Belgian and he cannot afford a wrong move at this point. The deal looks unlikely at the first place and does not make much sense as well.

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