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Hull City’s Championship season has been, all things considered, pretty much what we expected it to be. Despite some encouraging displays, especially by youngster Jared Bowen, the club sit 17th at the moment with just 12 points from 11 games.
Despite being well aware of the effect of selling off assets such as Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Andy Robertson, Tom Huddlestone and Curtis Davies, fans will be mightily disappointed and indeed a tad concerned about their football future given the trajectory the club is on.
Here we look at three possible January transfer window signings the club should complete to make the second half of the Tigers’ season a lot more pleasurable:
The former Newcastle and Norwich defender may end up at the club even sooner than January given that he’s a free agent, and despite his gradual decline at Premier League level, he may yet have some value as a Championship centre-back.
Despite a decent start to life at Leicester City last season, Musa is finding it tougher to force a regular starting berth in the Premier League and could be open to a move down the ranks. The former CSKA Moscow man definitely has talent and would be a major acquisition for Hull given their current status. So all possible moves should be made by the club’s hierarchy at the turn of the year to get this deal done.
Should they stick within 10 points or so of a play-off place by January, a player of Musa’s quality could be the difference between a shot at promotion to the Premier League and mid-table mediocrity.
Finding players from clubs in a worse position than Hull could be the way to go, and right now that short list includes Brentford.
In the case of Barbet, he has had an impressive start to the season and along with young summer signing Ollie Watkins, has been a rare shining light for the Bees this season. As has been repeatedly the case in previous windows, Brentford are indeed willing to sell off some of their more valuable players to keep themselves in profit, as they always seem to know that their scouting system will pick up the next big thing as a replacement.
Barbet could become a real option in January for several clubs and Hull, if they want to survive, should put themselves right at the front of the queue.