Hull City will need to show a reaction against Reading this weekend to their poor performance, which saw them clinically dispatched by promotion chasing Brentford at home last weekend.
The Tigers have endured a fairly miserable last week or so, having been forced to sell both key players Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki on transfer Deadline Day, before being beaten comfortably 5-1 by Brentford at the KCOM Stadium to leave them in 14th place in the Championship table.
McCann’s side are in need of a lift this weekend, and the Hull manager could be forced into making some alterations to his starting line-up, in order to provide his players with more confidence and belief following a run of four straight league defeats.
Here then, we take a look at THREE changes McCann should consider as they look to get back on track against Reading…
Starting Marcus Maddison
One player who Hull brought in to compensate for the loss of Bowen and Grosicki was Maddison from Peterborough, who came off the bench for his debut against Brentford last time out.
Having now had a full week to train with McCann’s squad, the winger will be raring to go for his first start for the Tigers, and Hull could do with an injection of creativity against Reading to help them get back on track and scoring goals again in the final third.
Maddison would help to give the Tigers a real lift, if he were able to produce a strong performance against Reading, meaning he should be pushing for a start and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t feature, with McCann’s side clearly lacking a player with his qualities against Brentford.
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Bringing in Tom Eaves for Josh Magennis
Another important change that McCann should consider is bringing in Eaves into the side in place of Magennis up front, with the striker capable of providing a more imposing presence in the final third – and he will be aiming to find more consistency in front of goal during the coming weeks.
The Tigers will be needing to see Eaves at his best in front of goal over the rest of the campaign, if they are to replace the goals lost by Bowen’s departure, and he will need a run in the side to get his confidence and belief going that he can be Hull’s main goal threat moving forwards.
Eaves could well benefit from the potential quality of service that Maddison can provide from the flanks, and that could see him offer more of a threat than Magennis against Reading.
Starting Herbie Kane
Another change McCann should consider is bringing Herbie Kane into the starting line-up, having seen their midfield struggle to control the game against Brentford last time, as they were swept aside by some excellent interchanging in the middle of the park from the Bees.
Kane offers the ability to provide an extra threat in the attacking third from midfield, which is something the Tigers will be needing now, as they look to replace the productivity lost by both Grosicki and Bowen leaving.
The Liverpool loanee would be highly motivated to prove he is worthy of a consistent run in the side, and he probably deserves the chance to see what he can do with a run of games – and given the form he showed during a loan spell with Doncaster Rovers, he could be the right sort of addition to bring into the side.