Premier League survival, FA Cup finalists and Europa League qualifiers. Not what you would be expecting to read in Hull City’s season preview this time last year. However, the tigers, I mean Hull City, had a superb season and will be hoping for more in the 2014/15 campaign.
Key Player: Not an easy one to pick. Steve Bruce has assembled a good quality squad at the KC Stadium with several influential players on the pitch. Snodgrass, Ince and Jelavic have the ability to be the Key player, however for me Tom Huddlestone is one that stood out in midfield for Hull last season. He was calm and composed on the ball, didn’t mind getting his foot in to the tackle, as well as earned himself a haircut by scoring a few goals along the way. The same level of performance will be vital if Hull are to survive into a third season in the Premier League.
Jake Livermore – £8m (Tottenham Hotspurs)
Robert Snodgrass – £6m (Norwich City)
Tom Ince – Free (Blackpool)
Andrew Robertson – £2.85m (Dundee United)
Harry Maguire – £2.5m (Sheffield United
Robert Koren – Free (Melbourne City)
Nick Proschwitz – Free (Brentford)
Matty Fryatt – Free (Nottingham Forest)
Last season’s Premier League finish: 16th
Predicted League Finish: 15th
Hull City had a superb season last year, defying the odds and staying in the league. They’re run to the FA Cup final earned them a place in the Europa League qualifiers and should they progress, this will be their biggest challenge this season. The demands of Thursday/Sunday football will be a huge challenge for Hull, as Wigan proved a few seasons ago. However, If they can manage this situation well, and with the quality additions they have brought in, there’s reason to believe that Hull could go even better in this Premier League season.