An impressive run of form towards the tail end of 2019 saw Hull City move within surprising play-off contention, however, a turbulent run of defeats in January soon dashed those hopes and McCann’s side are now looking over their shoulders, rather than ahead.
Much of the club’s best moments that have come from East Yorkshire this season have been been via the departed duo Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen. Both forward men were indispensable to City’s attack having netted a combined total of 23 goals – 49% of the total managed by the full squad combined.
Though the departure of the dynamic duo hasn’t hampered their ability to find the net as previously envisaged, it has added to the increasing importance of negotiating contracts with the current crop of City players.
Heading into the summer transfer window with 10 players set to be out of contract, including; captain Eric Lichaj, vice-captain Jackson Irvine, Kevin Stewart and Jon Toral, it is crucial that McCann begins negotiations with key first team players so a base is there to build.
Grant McCann has the safety net of offering one-year extensions to nine of his 10 players, but former captain Markus Henriksen, currently on loan at Bristol City, is the only player without the option of an extension so it looks as though his days at Hull are numbered.
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The former Hull captain has been out of favour under Grant McCann this term after making it clear that he sees his future elsewhere. The Hull boss weighed up the consequences of utilising a player who held this stance and decided to freeze the Norwegian out of the squad to preserve team morale.
A versatile central midfielder, Henriksen has been largely utilised as a holding midfielder in his time with Hull, however, he was initially signed under Mike Phelan as a number 10.
The likelihood is that Henriksen will be sold regardless due to his unwillingness to remain in East Yorkshire, but to also free up his high wages from when he was signed in the Premier League.
When he departs, the 27-year-old will be the last of a crop of players who played at Hull in their last Premier League term, beginning a fresh era at the KCOM stadium.
After signing from Swansea City in 2017, Kingsley’s time in Hull colours could be best described as ‘injury hit’.
The 25-year-old has struggled to play a consistent run of games without suffering from an injury which has seen him fail to nail down the left back spot.
Callum Elder is City’s number one option in that position and young Brandon Fleming, currently on loan with Bolton Wanderers, will surely be fighting for his place next season.
Therefore, it’s the best interest for both parties if Kingsley does depart so he can put his torrid spell on East Yorkshire firmly behind him.