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Hull City: Selling their way to relegation?

Friday 27th January 2017
Hull City are on the verge of selling Robert Snodgrass. Are the tigers abandoning their hopes of survival in an attempt to scrape some money together?

While much of the media attention will focus on the glitz and the glamour of the title-chasing clubs, the teams who boast the wallet and the weight to acquire the top European talents, the true excitement of the Premier League comes in the dirty and the downhearted. Pep Guardiola came to this country with a rather formidable reputation. English football, not thanks to the skill of the sides at the top, but due to the grit, the determination and the fortitude of the lesser sides has humbled him thus far.
There is an arrogant argument that runs through the pantheons of world football. It focuses on the comparative quality of the leagues across Europe. The Premier League, with its own sense of achievement, claims to have the superior skill over La Liga, the Bundesliga and Serie A. If the best clubs are to be compared, England does not come close. The quality simply does not stack up. But that is not where the Premier League excels. The Premier League excels in the realm of excitement. And that is down to the scrap.

There is one team that is seemingly fleeing from the scrap. With the threat of relegation looming, Hull City, after entering the season with the bare bones of a first team squad, having the challenge of rebuilding without any money to invest or any manager to implant the investment - Steve Bruce had resigned earlier in the summer which, in hindsight, was a very wise decision - are now only compounding their issues with their January transfer dealings.

The Tigers are not shooting themselves in the foot. They have purchased a saw and are currently hacking away at their legs.

There have been few bright moments for Hull City's fanbase to be enamoured with this season. The blossoming of Sam Clucas in midfield, the consistency of Tom Huddlestone and the rare games in which Abel Hernandez is a world-beater are such examples. The performances of Robert Snodgrass is another, and now, that is set to be nothing more than a memory of slightly less painful times.

Hull have accepted bids from both Burnley and West Ham United, whilst Aitor Karanka, in his press conference on Thursday, also stated that he was intent on bringing the set piece specialist to Middlesbrough. There are many, many suitors of the Scottish midfielder and Hull are - it must be stated that they have little choice given Snodgrass' desire to leave and the fact that his current deal has only six months left to run - seemingly unwilling and unable to hold onto their last, glimmer of hope.

Marco Silva, like Mike Phelan before him and Steve Bruce before him, is an astute hiring. Although the decision was initially criticised for his lack of Premier League experience, he is an intelligent, tactically adept and shrewd manager who has proven as such throughout his career, enjoying success at both Sporting Lisbon in Portugal - before being sacked for perhaps the most ridiculous reason known to man; for not wearing the club's official suit - and Olympiakos in Greece, from which he resigned in June due to personal reasons.

However, the Portuguese is no miracle worker. He has already seen Jake Livermore sold this month. He has now had to see Ryan Mason suffer a horrific head injury - Get well soon Ryan. And now, he must deal with the impending exit of Hull's only talented attacker. The Tigers are, unfortunately, destined for the drop, and they only have their wallets to blame.
Andrew Dowdeswell

A sport obsessed 20 something who just really wants Arsenal to finally win the league. Please Wenger, what the hell happened to you?!


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