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Hull City: Rating the summer signings

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Hull City have endured a tough start to the Championship season following relegation from the Premier League. Off the field problems between the owners and the fans have taken its toll on the performance of the team. The problems stem back to the departure of Marco Silva and key players like Harry Maguire, Sam Clucas, Andy Robertson, Eldin Jakupovic, Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone in the summer.

The Tigers had a rebuilding job to do in the summer and appointed former CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky to lead them. 11 signings later and 19 games into the season, here is a look at the impact each signing has made.

Defence

Michael Hector - Chelsea, Loan

Leonid Slutsky has a good relationship with Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, which has allowed Hull to sign a few Chelsea players on loan. Hull swooped to sign 25-year-old centre-back Michael Hector. He has some Championship experience from his time at Reading. He made a solid start to life with Hull City but has struggled in some games. Still, he is still a decent Championship defender and may just be low on confidence after a difficult start for the Tigers.
Rating- 6/10

Ola Aina - Chelsea, Loan

19-year-old Ola Aina, who is now a Nigeria international, is currently on his first loan spell away from Chelsea. He has played both right and left back for Hull this season. His inexperience has shown in some games and Hull's opponents do tend to target him as a weakness in some games. However, there is no doubt that Aina has a bright future ahead of him.
Rating- 6/10

Ondrej Mazuch - Sparta Prague, Free

Hull signed the Czech Republic international after he had a trial with the club in the summer. He has only featured on four occasions so far so it is hard to give him a high rating as we have hardly seen him play
Rating- 5/10

Fikayo Tomori - Chelsea, Loan

Another youngster on loan from Chelsea, Tomori spent some of last season on loan at Brighton so has played at this level before. He has been quite inconsistent so far, some games he is solid and in other games he looks nervous. Rating- 6/10

Stephen Kingsley - Swansea City, Undisclosed

Hull brought in the Scotland international in August but he only managed to play six games before he sustained an injury.
Rating- 4/10

Midfield

Seb Larsson - Sunderland, Free

The experienced midfielder joined on a free transfer. He plays in central defensive midfield and has divided opinion amongst the Tigers faithful.
Rating- 5/10

Jackson Irvine - Burton Albio, £2 million

The Australia international impressed for Burton last season and Hull took a gamble on him. He has played well so far and has had to bide his time in making the starting XI.
Rating- 7/10

Kevin Stewart - Liverpool, £4 million

Hull spent the most money on bringing the Liverpool man to East Yorkshire. He has been injured but has now fought his way back into the team.
Rating- 6/10

Jon Toral - Arsenal, £3 million

The Spanish midfielder has played in the Championship before for Birmingham and looked a decent signing for Hull. However, he is another who has got injured and has been ruled out for a couple of months.
Rating- 4/10

Attack

Fraizer Campbell - Crystal Palace, Free

Campbell has emerged as Hull's best signing so far this season. The 29-year-old striker made a return to Hull 10 years after he helped them gain promotion to the Premier League for the first time. Despite him being slightly unfit, he has worked his socks off and has scored four goals to date for a struggling team.
Rating- 8/10

Nouha Dicko - Wolves, £2.5 million

The striker has scored three times in the Championship since joining from Wolves in the summer. The former Wigan striker has not had much in the way of service in the games he has played but his goals have been well taken. There is more to come from him.
Rating- 5/10

Harry Mail

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