After relegation was confirmed last Sunday with a crushing 0-4 defeat at Crystal Palace all eyes turn to the KCOM tomorrow when the second best team in the league Tottenham, led superbly by leading goal scorer Harry Kane are the opposition for the last Premier League game for the foreseeable future.
All City fans will want to see a marked improvement and effort from Marco Silva’s side, who conceded defeat and with it their Premier League status with barely a meow, never mind a roar last week at Selhurst Park. In the biggest game of a very turbulent season the Tigers put in an abject, woeful and embarrassing performance, one which belied the efforts of previous months, particularly under the stewardship of Marco Silva (below)
The Tigers who’s away record all season as been woeful, simply showed the white flag after the early mistake from Andrea Ranocchia gifted Wilfred Zaha a goal, and eventually succumbed to a thrashing and relegation.
Tomorrow’s game against Spurs may now be a ‘dead rubber’ but the players must be on their mettle to avoid another thrashing and go down fighting.
Spurs are guaranteed to finish 2nd behind Chelsea in the Premier League and are playing lovely free flowing football, scoring goals for fun and winning in style, especially England man Harry Kane who knocked in 4 against out going Champions Leicester City in a 1-6 thrashing in midweek so the North Londoners head to West Hull in fine form and will punish any side not on their game.
The Tigers players who take to the pitch have a duty to themselves and the supporters to turn up and play to the best of their abilities and play for the pride of club and its fans. Some of those players will not be at the club next season and tomorrow gives them the last chance to show the City fans what they can do.
Marco Silva who may not be with the Tigers for much longer will have a depleted squad to choose from with a number of stars ruled out due to injury, including player of the year Harry Maguire who picked up and injury at Palace.
Also absent will be Lazar Markovic (pictured above with Andrew Robertson) who has returned to his parent club Liverpool, the Serbian international who showed only fleeting glimpses of his talent during his frustrating spell with the Tigers. His spell ended also due to an injury and it is very unlikely that he will be back as a Tiger in the Championship. Evandro Goebel and Abel Hernandez are also missing tomorrow and may well have played their last game for the club, depending on the summer transfer market.
With an uncertain future over a number of the squad tomorrow may be a good opportunity to see some of the talented youngsters given Premier League game time, the likes of Jarrod Bowen who came on as a sub at Palace last week and 17 year old Josh Tymon a chance to shine. Tymon was called up this week to the England Under-18 squad for the annual Toulon Tournament in June.
The recriminations and fall out from this season will then kick in full tilt, and with a number of loan signings departing the KCOM and interest from other clubs for the likes of Maguire and Robertson the 2017/18 Tigers will have a very different look to the 2016/17 crop.
Apart from the players departing it remains to be seen whether ‘magic’ Marco will still be managing the side when pre season starts in July, he is been linked with a host of clubs for next season, after the near miraculous job he has performed with the Tigers since January.
To keep Silva to lead the charge back to the Premier League could well be the BEST signing that Hull CITY AFC have made in many a long year and one that the owners have to make to give them any chance of redemption from the abyss the club is currently staring into.
All eyes and ears will turn to the KCOM on Wednesday awaiting news of the meeting between Silva and the Allams.