Rumours have lingered for weeks and now it’s official – Josh Tymon has left Hull City.
The 18-year-old left back has opted to join Stoke on a 5-year deal. His scholarship contract with the Tigers was up and despite several offers being tabled to the youngster to sign on professionally he has opted to ply his trade with the Potters in the Premier League.
This is a blow for City as he was a home grown local lad who was groomed at the club’s academy and made his debut against Bury at the age of just 16. With the club’s lack of form and injury problems last season he featured 12 times for the first team and looked to be a very promising prospect.
Naturally the opportunity to sign for a Premier League club on a long term deal was too difficult to ignore for the youngster as he looks to continue his development as a player.
Whether he will get much opportunity to play in Stoke’s first team next season remains to be seen but he will have seen the deal as a good opportunity to better himself as a player with extra money as an added incentive.
One positive from the deal is that Hull will be entitled to a fee for the player because of how young he is and because they have played a large role in his development at academy level. Ehab Allam admitted he was disappointed to lose the player who they felt would stay with the club but they “reluctantly accepted” his wish to leave the club.
It is rumoured that Hull were willing to pay Tymon a four figure weekly wage to keep him at the club after initially offering him £500 a week but it wasn’t enough and this is a disappointing departure for Leonid Slutsky and his side.
Rumours on social media suggest he will be on around £7000 a week at Stoke and Hull couldn’t match that figure as a Championship side. This emphasises the point that it is vital that City get back in the Premier League as quickly as possible to increase their chances of keeping hold of their young talented academy players, several of whom featured in the first team last season.