The Football League ‘Play Offs’ are amongst the most dramatic moments of any given season. Mo Diame’s astonishing strike sent Hull City back to the promised land. It was an epic finale as the Championship team that finished 4th in the Championship made its way into the Premier League.
The joy of the occasion has been dampened by a pre season of upheaval at the club. Unlike the stability discussed at Burnley or the aggressive transfer policy at Middlesborough. Hull find themselves distinctly distant in their inaction:
- Manager Steve Bruce resigned after the club failed to sign any players with assistant Mike Phelan taking charge temporarily. No replacement has been found and he appears to be starting the season in charge.
- Regular starters McGregor (GK), Dawson (CB) and Odubajo (RB) are facing several months on the sidelines.
- Further injuries to Alex Bruce (CB) & Harry Maguire (CB) have sparked a defensive crisis which will see Tom Huddlestone (CM) or Jake Livermore (CM) start in central-defense for the opening match against Leicester at home.
- Star midfielder Diame (10 goals, four assists) became disillusioned after Bruce quit, refused to sign a new deal and promptly moved to Newcastle in the Championship.
- The club has only 15 senior squad members fit for the first game of the season.
- The owners have had the club up for sale for a year and are currently in negotiations to sell.
- Star striker Abel Hernandez has been rumored to have spoken on Uruguayan radio that he wishes to leave the club.
A clearly fractured club it has all the signs of capitulation from an outsiders view with Leicester assets looking more enticing with every passing moment to start our FPL seasons strongly. That said isolating a single fixture can be dangerous, especially at the start of the season when so much is unknown as well as the randomness of football. Make your own conclusive judgment FPL managers.
Resilience is a difficult quality to measure, we do not know how the Hull City players will respond to this difficult situation. There is the potential for some FPL value within this side especially from the clubs academy we could see a breakout player who is yet to be priced within the game. A potential value pick from this side is Shaun Maloney 4.5 he is rather injury prone and at 33 his best years are behind him. He managed six goals and nine assists in his last Premier League season.
Eldin Jakupovic: A second string goalkeeper who is rather unspectacular. With McGregor out until February this 4.0 option is ideal for our FPL bench. Budget savior.
Ahmed Elmohamady: has been useful as a right-midfielder and right-back over his career. Is rather attack minded with three goals and six assists last season those were coming as a midfielder though. Priced at 5.0 in midfield in FPL. Ignore.
Tom Huddlestone: is a defensive midfielder by trade who loves to shoot from distance. Not a great scorer of goals and provides a limited amount of assists. Will be starting in central-defense as injury cover in the opening game of the season.
Curtis Davies: has been relegated more then a few times in his career and should be relegated from your fantasy plans. The central-defender offers minimal goal threat whilst forming part of a make-shift defense. Ignore.
Andrew Robertson: was able to develop as a first choice left back last season in the Championship contributing three goals and 4 assists. Is a promising youngster for the club and will likely secure a move elsewhere at the end of the season. Better defensive options in the 4.5 bracket but will contribute going forward. Monitor.
Robert Snodgrass: is a classy player who is nailed on for set pieces. Has had his injury troubles in the past few years but is fit again and ready to fire. Awkward price at 5.5 in FPL. Look elsewhere but keep an eye on his excellent free kicks.
Jake Livermore: is a decent central-midfielder who has had his fair share of off-field problems. Chipped in with a handful of goals and assists last season but isn’t expected to provide any FPL value at 5.0. Ignore.
David Meyler: a bit part player last season with only 20 appearances the veteran will have to start the season given the lack of options in this Hull squad. Tends to play deep in midfield so is not an FPL asset at all.
Sam Clucas: Impressed with six goals and eight assists but went missing as the season came to a close. Is expected to start with the light squad Hull have. He has come it at 5.0 which is fairly priced. One to monitor.
Adama Diomande: He failed to debut until November last season and only managed three starts. Maloney could push him for a start but is currently carrying a groin injury so Adama is likely to play behind Hernandez. Ignore.
Abel Hernandez: Was the star of the team last season with 21 goals and 2 assists. A number of his goals came from close range in classic poaching style. It remains to be seen how much time Hull will spend in the opposition box. He will have to be at his very best to drag Hull out of the mess it finds itself in. Is on penalties and an assured starter but its difficult to consider him for an FPL squad given the crisis unfolding at the club. Monitor.