It's over now, and the dust has started to settle along with the February snow. Well, how did we do? Has the Hull City management team pulled off the great transfer coup that we all hoped for? Did we get the 'blow your socks' off signing that Phil Brown suggested mid-January?
In a way yes, no and maybe. We have made some very good signings in Kevin Kilbane, Jimmy Bullard, Kamil Zayette on a permanent contract and bringing in Manucho from Manchester United on loan until the end of the season.
Much of the Tigernation have been be-moaning the lack of that 'blow your socks off' signing that we were lead to believe was going to happen, but did we get a blow your socks off signing?
Yes, in Jimmy Bullard a pacy highly regarded and experienced midfielder with bags of talent. If as the press and many fans of other clubs would attest the tigers did get a real coup with the signing of Bullard.
The club as a whole made signings to help in areas that many of us would have said we had deficiencies at the start of the transfer window. We needed a defender, a central midfielder and a striker as priorities. We got all of these positions filled before the last week of the transfer window.
Much of the problem we have had in the defence has been caused by injuries not ability. With the permanent signing of Kamil Zayette the centre of the back four now has three very good specialist players in Turner, Gardner (two weeks away from fitness) and Zayette who can also play as a defensive midfielder.
Since the return to fitness of Andy Dawson the the left back position now has a player who is a natural left footer in the position and frees up Ricketts to play in his preferred right back position. Yes, we will sorely miss the steady McShane who returned to Sunderland but this frees up one of our home based loan places.
In midfield we also added Kevin Kilbane. An experienced premiership player with over 90 international caps to his name. That kind of expereince does not grow on trees and could prove to be more important to us in the coming months as the season gets more intense.
Up front the acquisition of Manucho on loan is a good strong forward who will be needed. With the departure of Marlon King back to Wigan (before been farmed out on loan again to Middlesbrough) the forward line was looking a little thin on the ground.
Now, if these players had been made on the final day of the transfer window I expect the Tiger-nation would be ecstatic at such pedigree coming into the club. However, because Phil Brown made these signings early we have all had the chance to see exactly what the signings have to offer the club.
Bullard has got a knock already and not really played more than a token role as a sub. Manucho is still tying to find his feet at a new club after next to no Premiership experience at Manchester United. Zayette is, well Zayette, a good quality solid performer that we already knew he was, and Kevin Kilbane has come into the side as if he has played for the team for more than the three games he has played.
Getting away from the negatives of the situation. Phil Brown has good reason to believe that we have the pedigree with in the club to make a good fist of survival this season. We have strengthened the team in the areas that the team needed work.
If Brown can bring the elements together and instill the need for that fighting spirit that the team had at the beginning of the season. If we can once again have a balanced side without too many changes week in week out, then when all areas are fit we will have a pretty formidable team, for our stature.
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