Well, what an eventful week to be a Hull City fan. It seems that every day a different player has left the squad training camp in Portugal to return home and join a different club.
With Curtis Davies, Harry Maguire and Josh Tymon having already left before the flight to Portugal, it seems as though the squad has just dissipated ever since.
Although the first piece of news from Portugal was a new arrival in the shape of Ola Aina, the news has been poor ever since.
The first player rumoured to leave the camp was Tom Huddlestone when it was discovered that he had a release clause of only £2m, which in my mind is one of the bargains of the transfer window. So, of course, he was quickly snapped up by Championship rivals Derby County. The departure of Huddlestone seemed to have become the catalyst for rumours of players leaving.
Eldin Jakupovic was the next player rumoured to leave, with Leicester, according to Sky Sources (basically, they’ve just read twitter), agreeing a fee. The next day (can you see where this is going?), it was released that Ahmed Elmohamady was the next to leave the training camp, with former boss Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa supposedly activating Elmo’s release clause of about a million pounds. The next day followed with the news that it was now Andy Robertson who had left the camp in exchange for Merseyside, with a move to Liverpool drawing ever closer.
Obviously if a move to one of the giants like Liverpool came up the decision is a no brainer, and I think all City fans know that, but what the fans are angry about is that they are losing players who ACTUALLY WANTED TO STAY but were almost being forced out by the owners.
One person I feel sorry for in this whole saga is Leonid Slutsky. He must have come into this challenge with extreme positivity and the desire to take the club back up to the Premier League, however it seems the desire is to take the club down again. You know you’re in trouble when your own players are tweeting “another one bites the dust…” and “who is next?”
However, as the last week passed and this week began, news on the transfer front began to get a lot more positive. Totally out of the blue today came the news that ex-Tiger Fraizer Campbell had agreed terms and all that was left to do was complete a medical.
Well. If there was ever a signing to split a fanbase in two it was this one. I will attempt to attack it from both points of view. On the plus side, he is a free transfer and for a 29 year old striker he is still inside his sell-by date, and has been known to be a prolific goalscorer in the Championship, with him being a vital figure in Hull City’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008, providing the assist for THAT goal.
However, on the minus side, as soon as he saw more money he was quick to jump on it and when he never really did anything in the Premier League. So, make of the signing what you will. Time will only tell if he can bring home the bacon.
Its been reported today that Hull City are about to make a surprising “big money signing” which, with not many names flying about, will keep the revolving wheel of rumours turning…