Hull City find themselves in a lowly 17th position in the Championship, a stark contrast to the heights of 8th place that they reached on New Year’s Day.
But a long injury list to first team players and the deadline day departures of Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen has derailed their season.
Despite finding their goalscoring swagger in their 4-4 draw against Swansea City on Friday night, the Tigers remain without a win in their last seven games which has seen them go from surprising play-off contenders, to being dragged into a potential relegation dogfight.
Here we look at TWO hot, TWO not in Hull City’s current state of play…
Hot: Leonardo Da Silva Lopes
After scoring his first league goal on Friday night, the signing of Lopes from Wigan Athletic has become one of Hull City’s finest piece of business.
The 21-year-old has been ever-present in the heart of City’s midfield and has shown his versatility in recent weeks by operating in the right back position.
His impressive Championship form warranted interest from New York Red Bulls in January, but Hull rejected a bid said to be in the region of 1.5 million pounds.
Hot: City can find goals from anywhere
The departure of Jarrod Bowen started a worry of where City’s goals were going to be sourced.
A run of only two goals in the three games that followed certainly highlighted the importance of Hull’s former ‘star man’.
However, in their thrilling 4-4 encounter against Swansea, there were four different scorers; Leo Lopes, Marcus Maddison, Mallik Wilks and Tom Eaves all answered the brief question marks over the Tigers recent goalscoring woes.
Not: An on-going injury crisis
Hull City have endured an injury plagued campaign with nine first team players currently sidelined. Whilst three players have recently returned to action; Ryan Tafazolli, Matthew Pennington and Kevin Stewart have all fully recovered.
However, City boast a list of long-term absentees; Herbie Kane (ankle), James Scott (ankle) and Eric Lichaj (ankle) are all set to make a summer return.
With Jordy De Wijs, Reece Burke and Jon Toral all poised to make a return to action in late February/early March, City will hope their return can guide them away from their current relegation scare and push them towards a safe mid-table finish.
Not: Defensive woes
Injuries to key defensive figures has caused City’s back line to struggle in recent times.
The Tigers were accustomed to the same defensive partnership for a period of over 12 months with Jordy De Wijs and Reece Burke building up a solid defensive understanding.
Since their partnership was brought to an abrupt end, City have played six Championship games and conceded 16 goals. Although the now departed Bowen’s goals were important, the partnership that Burke and De Wijs built up was indispensable to their initial play-off charge over the Christmas period.