Harry Drew kicks off our first news review of 2016. As befits the season, Canadians and a Norwegian feature.
Following the abject display at Preston, City fans were hoping to start 2016 with that rarest of things – an away win. Luckily City delivered, beating QPR with a bizarre last minute goal from Adama Diomande. Although it came in strange fashion, the Norwegian’s first for the club will hopefully be the first of many. Steve Bruce praised his team’s resilience after Rangers looked to have gained a point late on.
Another defeat for Brighton on the same day was a welcome development as City now possess a three point lead over the Seagulls. What is more, Derby went down 2-0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday, meaning that the Tigers are now just a point off the automatic promotion places. Not bad considering the several sub-standard performances we have witnessed over the past few weeks.
As well as bringing cold weather, work and diets, the new year also sees the transfer window open. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your perspective. Certainly, Steve Bruce will be hoping to keep hold of his key players and add a couple more.
One early departure is that of Isaac Hayden – his loan from Arsenal has come to an end after a mutual agreement was made between him and the club. Calaum Jahraldo-Martin has also left, but on a temporary basis to Leyton Orient. The youngster made his debut as a substitute in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stevenage, a game in which ex-Tiger Jay Simpson netted both of Orient’s goals.
Some significant early rumours concern Ahmed Elmohamady. Everton and West Brom are apparently making plans to offer the Egyptian a return to top-flight football, although it remains to be seen if they will table a concrete bid. The Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle are interested in Michael Dawson, yet it seems unlikely that City’s skipper will leave after committing to the club in the summer.
Curtis Davies has been making noises that suggests he may soon pen a new deal with the Tigers. His contract is up in the summer and with rumours of Premier League interest, it appears that this month will prove decisive for his future.
With budgets being squeezed at the club it is difficult to see any major incomings in this window. The loan market is City’s best chance of adding to the squad, with Steve Bruce already stating his desire to bring in a midfielder. Robert Snodgrass and Adama Diomande are effectively new signings given their very recent returns.
Finally, a feel-good (some would say unusual) story concerning two Canadians. City fan John Barron, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, has recently moved to Hull to be ‘closer to the Tigers’. His wife – a Chelsea supporter – got her husband interested in football and Hull City quickly became his team of choice. They first saw City play in 2010 and the couple now live and work in the city.
Harry Drew @hdrew95