Thursday, 14 July 2016

Newly Promoted Teams Insight - Part II - Hull City

The next team in my three part series is Hull City. They were promoted to the top division through the Championship playoffs after a season away from the Premier League. Hull were only defeated once at home in the league last season and kept 13 clean sheets at the KC Stadium. However, away from the KC, Hull lost 10 times, conceding more goals away than at home. They only kept 7 clean sheets.

Even though their team has recent Premier League experience in the same manner as Burnley, they haven’t recruited well during the transfer market. In terms of position, I don’t think they will do as bad as Burnley and may just miss out on relegation by finishing 17th.

Now onto the three players from Hull City that I think are worth considering for your FPL team:

  1. Abel Hernandez (Forward)

Hernandez managed 37 starts and 5 sub appearances. Hernandez was the club’s top scorer with 21 goals from an impressive 133 shots taken; averaging over 3 shots a game. He further created 47 chances which led to him providing a further 2 assists. He is also their number one for spot-kicks, and Hernandez looks nailed-on as either a lone striker or part of a two-man front-linpe. The biggest difference between Hernandez and Burnley’s Andre Gray is that Hernandez has previous top flight experience in England.

  1. Mo Diame (Midfielder)

The Senegal international had 34 starts and 7 sub appearances, where he managed to rack up 10 goals and 4 assists. Diame has demonstrated his prowess in the Premier League – he scored in four of the first six Gameweeks of 2014/15 before a serious knee injury ended his season. An average of 30.5 minutes per attempt on goal was faster than any other Hull midfielder last term, making him the best option from the Hull midfield. I expect his price to be around £6.5m which could make less cheaper than the likes of Sigurdsson, Arnautovic, etc.  

  1. Curtis Davies (Defender)

Davies made 40 starts and 2 sub appearances. Davies produced 30 attempts on goal last season and found the net twice. He was fifth best among Bruce’s side for efforts in the opposition box, with 25 close-range attempts. In terms of his defensive role, Davies topped the charts when it came to clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI) in the Hull side, which would be great for the complex bonus point system currently implemented in the FPL game. He may be priced at probably £4.5M like the rest of his defensive team-mates, which makes him a favorable option for your 4th defender.

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