Jordan Jones to sign for Hull City, Irvine and Bowen retained – Nigel Adkins’ ideal transfer window explored
Hull City’s fall from grace has been staggering over the last ten months or so. True, they were already in trouble in the Premier League but after Marco Silva arrived, everything suddenly looked positive and an unlikely survival was on the cards.
Ultimately though, it wasn’t to be, and while the Tigers already had no real backup for the first XI in their paper-thin squad, they were forced to sell players of the quality of Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Andy Robertson, Tom Huddlestone, Ahmed Elmohamady and Curtis Davies without too much in the way of quality replacements available on their budget.
The Tigers now sit outside the relegation zone only on goal difference in 21st place, though their goal difference of just -5 is a real positive in the grand scheme of things and shows they may have the squad to survive this season.
Jackson Irvine and shining light Jarrod Bowen have been targeted to some level by Nottingham Forest and Brighton respectively but it is imperative that Hull keep hold of such players in order to avoid the dreaded drop to League One.
There has been precious little in the way of incoming rumours at the KCOM and this is understandable with such little cash floating around in that part of the world right now. Tentative reports of Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock), Jack Marriott (Peterborough) and Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe) joining this month have done the rounds but the last two seem unlikely, to be fair.
Marriott is a target for Leeds United as the West Yorkshire side look to continue their squad redevelopment this month. Jordan Jones then could be the only realistic target from this very short list, with the Tigers having already put plenty of trust in young players this season. To be fair, it’s worked quite well given their overall profile right now.
Jones could complement the likes of Jarrod Bowen not just now, but going into next season as well, which is hopefully to be played at Championship level as far as the Tigers are concerned.
It’s crucial that both Bowen and Jackson Irvine, therefore, are retained in order to allow Hull to continue to rebuild and come again as far as being a Premier League side is concerned, something which will never be truly off the table as long as they have such a big and vociferous supporter base.