Mark Sellers provides the final round-up of 2015 and looks at the rumours about player movement in ’16.
So as 2015 draws to a close Hull City fans are hoping that their team will be less schizophrenic in the New Year. During this week we’ve seen the best and the worst, from the direct and dominating performance at home against Burnley on Boxing Day, to the inept and uninterested display away at Preston only two days later.
Social media was quick to react following yet another poor away showing against lower league opposition, with some tweeters blaming the players and others venting their anger toward the manager.
It’s open to debate where the root of the problem lies, but one thing that is clear is this lack of consistency away from home will have a serious impact on City’s promotion hopes if not addressed.
It could be that when the January transfer window opens later this week that changes in personnel are made in order to get the campaign back on track. There are a number of current players who may be heading for the exit door, and the Transfer Rumour Mill has continued to turn over the festive period.
The Yorkshire Post highlighted the fact that Sone Aluko has struggled to make an impact this season, and may move when the window opens. Bruce was quoted as saying, “We all know what a good player he is but at the moment I’ve got people ahead of him.”
Tom Huddlestone has also been linked with a move away from Yorkshire with numerous sources saying a return to the capital is on the cards. Both The Daily Mirror and The Daily Star reported that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to bring Huddlestone to QPR for £4.25m.
Huddlestone’s contract is up for renewal at the end of the season, along with a number of other members of the squad. Of these both David Meyler and Curtis Davies have gone on record as wanting to stay with the Tigers and it’s been reported that contract negotiations are starting with some players.
As for players coming in, The Hull Daily Mail has reported interest in Oxford United’s midfielder Kemar Roofe. The 22-year-old has scored 12 times this season, and is also attracting interest from Brighton, Burnley, and Newcastle United.
Also reported in the HDM was the possibility of a loan move for Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford, and that Southend’s ‘keeper Dan Bentley could again be a target for Steve Bruce. Bamford has recently terminated his loan spell at Crystal Palace due to a lack of game time, and could well be loaned out again by his parent club. Southend turned down a £1.25m offer for Bentley from QPR at the start of the season, so if Bruce is still interested he’ll not be getting a goalkeeper in the January sales on the cheap.
Mark Sellers @mrmarksellers