Hull City news round-up 14 September 2015

September 14, 2015

Harry Drew looks over the events of the past week.  Features setbacks off the pitch as well as on.

The transfer window now being firmly shut, we can finally turn our attention away from potential dealings and focus on the football. Right? Well, not just yet, because as of Wednesday the loan window is open for the 72 clubs in the football league.

The Mail reported that Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran is a City target, while Bruce has admitted interest in 19-year-old Manchester United striker James Wilson, although a whole host of other Championship clubs are hoping to secure him on a short-term basis. A striker would be welcome given that our new acquisition Adama Diomande is set to be out for at least six weeks after undergoing groin surgery.

Wilson Palacios, despite training with City for 10 weeks, looks unlikely to get a deal with the club. Strict work permit rules seem to have put an end to the Honduran’s hopes of working with his former boss, leaving Bruce frustrated. He now looks set to join compatriot Maynor Figueroa in the MLS.

There was disappointment for City’s Scottish contingent during the week as the national side north of the border went down 3-2 to world champions Germany. Unfortunately for City, Shaun Maloney was forced off with a hamstring injury, and is expected to be out for at least two weeks. David Meyler was an unused substitute in Ireland’s 1-0 win over Georgia.

On Friday it was confirmed by the FA that Jake Livermore would not be receiving a ban after failing a drugs test for cocaine. The midfielder was suspended in May yet it later emerged that Livermore had suffered a devastating personal tragedy last year, which was seemingly unbeknown to City’s staff. The FA – sensibly, in this author’s view – regarded the circumstances as “exceptional and indeed unique”, and thus decided to lift Livermore’s suspension. He is now back in training and could feature within a month.

Another away day, another loss. Saturday saw the Tigers defeated 1-0 at Brighton and put in perhaps their worst performance of the season yet. An early goal by Tomor Hemed was enough for the home side who stay top of the league, while City drop to 6th. Debate over Bruce’s tactics followed the game, with many lamenting the 4-2-3-1 system employed. Indeed, the side improved after reverting to 4-4-2, but it was too late to influence the outcome.

Harry Drew @hdrew95