Hull City could be faced with another limited transfer budget this summer and may need to give chances to some of their youth players.
Jarrod Bowen has been the club’s top scorer for the past two season and the 22-year-old came through the club’s academy system after signing from Hereford at 17. Bowen’s performances have seen him linked with several Premier League and Championship clubs and the Tigers will find it difficult to replace the winger if he does leave.
Midfielder Daniel Batty and defender Robbie McKenzie also made several appearances last season and are likely to be competing for a starting position in the first team squad on a regular basis next season. However, they may not be the only youngsters Hull have to look to if they are unable to bring many fresh faces.
The following three players have all made their debuts recently and could make a claim to feature more prominently next year…
The 19-year-old left-back made his league debut last season and collected a total of six appearances including two in the Carabao Cup. Fleming has been with the Tigers since the age of nine, signing a scholarship in 2016 and a professional deal the year after so has a strong affiliation with his hometown club.
First choice left-back Stephen Kingsley has been plagued with injuries throughout his Hull City career with right-back Eric Lichaj often deputising last season. However, with Todd Kane going back to Chelsea, Lichaj is likely to move back across to his natural position which could give Fleming a chance to fight Kingsley for a regular starting place.
Sheaf joined the Tigers at the age of 16 after being released by Arsenal. The 19-year-old midfielder impressed in the club’s academy set up and began training with the first team on a permanent basis this season.
The youngster had to wait till the last game of the season to make his league debut but manager Nigel Adkins appears to rate him highly. If Hull lose skipper Markus Henriksen they will be short in the central midfield options and this could give Sheaf a chance to shine.
Hull’s academy player of the year made his first team debut in the third round of the FA Cup at just 17. Another hometown player, Lewis-Potter scored an impressive 24 goals in 34 games for the club’s U18s side.
The striker is an exciting prospect and while a regular starting place next season is unlikely, it is important the Tigers keep giving him chances to play with the first team as he could prove to be an important player in the future.