Harry Drew casts his eye over the week gone by. City take from Fire rather than being on fire…
Given that the week just gone was the penultimate one in this summer’s transfer window, it was surprising to see no incomings or outgoings at the KC. Nonetheless, there has been activity, with the Andre Gray saga concluded in disappointing fashion after he moved to Burnley for an eye-watering fee of £9m.
Rather predictably, this has caused speculation about who Steve Bruce will now pursue in his quest to bolster City’s attack. Gary Hooper and Dwight Gayle are two names that have been frequently mentioned, the latter of these certainly attracting interest, but there are doubts about City’s financial ability to do a deal.
Additions to the squad are dependent on outgoings, and rather ominously Michael Dawson has been mentioned as someone who could be sold before the deadline, City’s captain reportedly attracting interest from Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. There seems to be a consensus that he is one member of the squad Steve Bruce really does need to keep hold of if City are to challenge for promotion.
One player that looks to be arriving imminently is Chicago Fire midfielder Shaun Maloney. Bruce confirmed on Wednesday that a fee had been agreed and that he is on the verge of joining up with the squad. Commenting on what the former Celtic and Wigan man would add, Bruce said that “he will give us that little bit of something extra”. We certainly hope so.
On the pitch City have had a somewhat mixed week. A 2-1 win at home to Fulham on Wednesday night, thanks to a late Sone Aluko volley, was followed up by a sickening late loss away at Charlton. That was City’s first defeat of the season but left them in a still respectable 5th place. The win against Fulham was worryingly played in front of a crowd of only 16,579, City’s lowest home league attendance since February 2013.
Will we see the much talked about return of Mo Diame any time soon? Steve Bruce seems to think so, with the midfielder completing several full training sessions during the week. Diame, such a huge influence in the City side that made a bright start to last season, has been out of action for around 10 months (if you exclude two brief substitute appearances late in April). His presence in the squad will feel like a new signing in itself.
Finally, a sad but amusing tale of a City fan who made a hash of attempting to shoplift a replica shirt from the club shop. The Hull Daily Mail reported on Sunday that Hull man Scott Turnbull, who was also caught possessing the banned substance M-cat, tried his hand at wearing the shirt under his jacket as he left the KC store. Needless to say, staff quickly picked up what he was up to and called the police. Understatement of the week goes to Mr Turnbull’s lawyer, who commented that his client “did not make a very good job of the theft.” He will face 28 weeks in jail.
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