Hull fans had a right to be optimistic at the end of last season: victorious in the Play-offs and heading in to the Premier League with an experienced boss who had been promised the funds to strengthen his side. Fast forward to the start of the season and the Tigers are managerless, having spent no money and reportedly only have 13 fit first team players. Added to that, their second and third top scorers, Mo Diame and Chuba Akpom have moved to Newcastle and returned to Arsenal respectively. Hull will need a proven striker if they are to survive, with last season’s top scorer Abel Hernandez faltering in his first year in the Premier League. The Tigers were very solid defensively last year, but it is up for debate whether they are able to step up to the level required for the Premier League. Hull face Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in the first few games of the season, so they could be rock bottom of the league from very early on.
Key Man: Andrew Robertson. The Scottish left back has become a mainstay in the Hull side, contributing two goals and five assists in their promotion campaign. Whether he will continue to play as a wing-back under the new manager remains to be seen, but he will have to be on top defensive form this year. Hull’s lack of options in midfield will mean that Robertson will also be relied upon going forward to create chances for Hernandez.
One to Watch: Josh Tymon. The 17 year old left back made his debut in the FA Cup last season, and could make his league debut sooner than expected with Hull’s injury crisis. With three England Under-17 caps already under his belt, Tymon is an attacking full back in the mould of Andrew Robertson and is one of the most highly rated young players at the club.
Last Season: 4th (Championship)