Hull City depended largely on loan signings last season to help Steve Bruce bring together a side to push the Tigers back to the English Premier League. The former Sunderland and Wigan manager had a point to prove after being let go by the Black Cats in 2011-12 and he will have the chance to enact his revenge when Sunderland travel to the KC Stadium on November 2, 2013.
However, there is much work for Bruce and his back room staff to conclude this summer. While several new signings have already made their way to the club, and key players are signing new deals, there are still voids to be filled.
Before the summer is said and done, Bruce is going to have to go after a loan signing or two from some of the leagues big clubs that are talent rich and playing time poor. With that said here are the pluses and minuses of five players that could be great loan additions to the club.
Liverpool attacking midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was believed to be a favorite of Brendan Rodgers in the early stages of the 2012-13 campaign. However, as the season wore on the 21-year-old became less and less prevalent in the plans for the club.
Shelvey has all the attacking skills to be a great player, but he is still really rough around the edges. A club such as Hull could provide him with more first team experience in the Premier League as well as allow him to develop on a side where he could be a key player that is depended upon.
His 19 appearances were split between nine starts and ten substitute appearances where he scored one goal and created 14 chances. Building on his past loan experiences with Blackpool in the Championship, he would be a worthy addition to the newly promoted club and could earn himself a place in Brendan Rodgers’ side in the future.
While he may lack a step or two in pace at times, his developing vision is by far his best quality aside from his eye for goal from range or close up.
Arsenal’s 21-year-old fullback Carl Jenkinson is an exciting young defensive prospect for the Gunners. He is also in a position that he is not yet ready to be picked every week for Arsene Wenger, but he could be for Hull City.
Jenkinson is as exciting a defensive prospect as he is an attacking fullback as he proved time and again during his 14 league appearances for the Gunners last campaign that he is not afraid to drive the play forward.
However, his drawback of being willing to commit to the offensive can see him get caught out at times and he is still developing his weak foot which can cause problems when having to change direction forcing him to get stuck on the ball. His commitment to the cause his without a doubt his saving grace.
Following a prolific two seasons with Swansea City, English forward Scott Sinclair joined Manchester City in what was a potentially devastating career move for the player. He only made 12 appearances for Roberto Martinez and was largely non-existent for the Citizens after his 2011-12 campaign at Swansea that was impressive.
With the arrival of Jesus Navas to City this summer, Sinclair’s place in the first team looks even worse than last year. Hull City need a winger with the 24-year-old’s pace and nose for goal. He can outrun almost any fullback and cut inside a wreak havoc on opposing defenses when on form.
Bruce would have to work on getting Sinclair’s crosses more accurate and his decision skills improved, but if you had to go for a loan of raw talent for a season, Sinclair could be a game changer in many cases throughout the 2013-14 campaign.
Another midfielder with a point to prove, Anderson never has been able to truly make it at Manchester United. However, his moments of brilliance were just close enough from each other that Sir Alex Ferguson held onto him.
However, David Moyes may not be so forgiving as his new position demands that he make swift decisions and keep Manchester United on-top. The 25-year-old Brazilian is likely to be considered surplus to requirements and a loan move may be his best option.
Anderson is a talented box-to-box midfielder that could be a midfield force, but he still has to learn to be better in possession and how to tap into his Brazilian roots to create more opportunity for his teammates.
While the most sought after striker to take on loan in England is likely to be Romelu Lukaku, it is not known if Jose Mourinho will allow the big Belgian to go on loan from Chelsea. There are a few other options that Hull City could chase for their attacking front, the most likely should be Manchester City’s John Guidetti.
The 21-year-old Swedish striker had a massively impressive loan spell to Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord Rotterdam last year with 20 goals and eight assists in 23 total outings for the club. With a set of skills that multiple clubs around Europe battled City for, he is a player that could have a breakout season with enough chances in Hull’s first team.
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