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Hull City’s Long Term Plan

Hull City have surprised a few this season, and are making good progress towards Premier League survival. But is it that much of a surprise?
In the summer they brought in two solid central midfielders from Tottenham. On form Tom Huddlestone has the ability to control a match. His passing is reminiscent of some of the greats, not many can pick out a pass with the ease of a Huddlestone. Measuring 6 foot 2 and at the ripe old age of 27, he is a domineering presence in the centre of the park. Possessing a fierce shot, that not too many get in the way of and ending his drought in front of goal this season he clearly represents one of the buys of the season. He showed a lot of promise at Tottenham and if it were not for injury, would surely have cemented his place in their team and even England’s. Steve Bruce undoubtedly took a risk, but so far it has paid off.
Jake Livermore is another great acquisition and is crucial to the structural solidity Steve Bruce builds his team around. He is both offensively and defensively astute and has struck up a great partnership with his more experienced former Tottenham teammate. If Hull can land him permanently at the end of the season it would be a real triumph, but based on his performances, and even with Tottenham’s midfield fire power, they will surely want him back playing in Lillywhite.
The two have struck up a real partnership and complement each other’s playing styles. But they are not the only two players that Steve Bruce has managed to bring in that have saved Hull from the Drop. The January arrivals of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic took Hull to a new level. Capturing one of these prodigious talents was a coup, to get them both at a cost of 14 million, managerial genius.
I am not Jelavic’s greatest fan and was surprised at his instant success when at Everton, but the goals dried up, and so did the playing time. A fan or not, he will eventually thrive, as he did so successfully for Rangers. I was as shocked that West Brom allowed Shane Long to leave as I was that he chose the East Yorkshire club to ply his trade. Fast, aggressive and clinical, he has all the attributes to be one of the best. He never quite fulfilled his potential at the Hawthorns after a big money move from Reading, but has taken on a new challenge and will definitely prosper.
Other players have also contributed to Hull’s rise in fortunes, Curtis Davies has been outstanding, and essential in Hull’s defensive sturdiness, whilst Elmohamady, has shown the critics that he can play at the highest level. He looked out of his depth at Sunderland, but Steve Bruce obviously saw something in him, and the Egyptian has been instrumental in Hull’s success. Sone Aluko is returning from injury, and will give Steve Bruce more options, whilst looking to hopefully recapture the form, although short lived, that he saw at Rangers.
Teams cannot build a team in the January transfer window, and many have tried, but what they can do is improve. Hull’s ambitious signings in Long and Jelavic, have brought them Premier League survival. What was a compact team in the first half of the season is now the same, but with goals. Danny Graham is a distant memory, and Yannick Sagbo will find his time limited, but with the business done, Hull city will almost certainly be taking on England’s elite for a second year running.

About Charlie Clark

I am currently in the final year of a Media Studies degree at the University of Derby. I would love one day to venture into sports media, but for now I am excited to write for FootyBlog.net, and share my views and opinions on the beautiful game. I am a huge football fan and I have the pleasure of supporting Tottenham Hotspur, which constantly keeps me on my toes!

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