A VIEW FROM HOLLAND #3
Great to hear from our friend in Holland, Dennis Matthijs...
So here we are. Ten league games played and Hull City are fifth in the Championship, having collected 18 points. With an international break coming up, it's a good time to reflect on the start of
the season. Most City fans seem pretty satisfied with our first two months. Maybe I'm thinking a bit too pessimistically - a habit that you're bound to acquire when you support Hull City - but
personally I feel that we should be able to do a lot better.
Looking at the quality in our ranks, it's fair to say that City are the best team in the Championship and it slightly worries me that we're struggling so much to win our games. In thirteen matches this season there hasn't been one in which we scored more than two goals, and I feel Steve Bruce should adopt a more attacking style of play. It seems more and more that, although he can be regarded as a good manager (give him some money and you can be sure that he'll bring some decent football players to your club), one can seriously question his ability as a trainer-coach. He's not the greatest tactician and to be honest, ever since January 2014, City's team performances have been worse than what you could expect when adding up the individual qualities of the players. The thing that annoys me most is that every time when we get a 1-0 lead, we sit back and defend in the entire remaining part of the game, unnecessarily bringing ourselves into trouble. Let's hope that Bruce can get the team back to its best soon. In my view we really have to be in the top two - it would be a disgrace if we missed out on promotion with the squad we have now.
Although the team performances are shaky, at least it's great to see some individuals getting back to their best shape. Big Mohamed Diame is bossing the midfield and looks as if he's never been away. Jake Livermore has made a miraculous comeback after an absence of over four months. Meanwhile, it's good to see that record signing Abel Hernandez has finally started to score some goals for the club. Allan McGregor seems to have recovered really well from the howler he made against Wolverhampton Wanderers and also Curtis Davies is looking more and more like himself after the terrible season he had last year.
One of the best things regarding off-pitch matters lately, was that Hull City Supporters' Trust have been allowed to officially sponsor a City player (Sone Aluko). At first I thought there was something wrong with my telly, but indeed the words 'Hull City Supporters' Trust' were announced on the tannoy at the KC Stadium! A promising sign that the club has for once and for all stopped the cold war against its own fans. Meanwhile, local media keep spreading rumours about a consortium willing to take over the club. Apparently, one of the investors is former City chairman Paul Duffen. Let's wait and see if Assem Allam regards Duffen as a 'good home' (I don't), but my feeling is that he'll wait to see if we get promoted to the Premier League, since he can get a lot more money for the club in that case.
The second international break of the season is coming up now - quite irrelevant for the English, quite crucial for the Dutch. The Oranje have been really poor in their qualifying campaign and are now fourth in their group. We need to jump to the third place in order to still have a chance to qualify for Euro 2016. Even if we manage to win our own two games, we'll have to rely on what Turkey do in their matches. It would be absolutely embarrassing to miss out on Euro 2016 after having finished second and third in the last two World Cups, so for the next two weeks, I'm swapping my Tigers shirt for a Netherlands shirt and I'll have my fingers crossed...
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