The recently departed Hull forward Jarrod Bowen has paved the way for emerging talent at the club with his star-studded displays, but who could we see make a real stake for a first team spot over the next 18 months or so?
Hull City’s academy has been blessed with a number of players who have gone onto play regular football for the Tigers at senior level. The likes of Daniel Batty, Robbie McKenzie and Keane Lewis-Potter have all been the profits of Allam’s faith in improving the youth infrastructure.
With Hull set to make a decision on the contracts of first team stars in the next couple of weeks, it is a high possibility that McCann will use the home grown talent at his disposal next season.
Taking this point into consideration, here are THREE Hull City wonderkids we believe could make the breakthrough in the 2020/21 season…
A stand-out player to watch in League Two this season, at just 19-years-old, Jacob Greaves has enjoyed a successful loan spell at Cheltenham Town.
The central defender is comfortable with the ball at his feet and has shown real maturity in the role, often seen bringing the ball out from the back.
The impressive performances of the youngster were rewarded when he won the Young Player of the Month award in September.
Given that McCann has had issues defensively this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the rising star playing for his boyhood club in the heart of their defence next season.
Max Sheaf is another of those players who is enduring a fruitful spell at Cheltenham Town, though the 19-year-old hasn’t had it all on his own way.
Despite featuring in their first three league games of the season, an injury sidelined him until November 9th.
Whilst this setback could have derailed his confidence, Sheaf has been a competent performer and he scored his first league goal in Cheltenham’s 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic.
If Sheaf continues to perform consistently, he could become a part of McCann’s plans next season, however, it is questionable whether he could make the step up to Championship level.
Despite signing from Dagenham & Redbridge’s under 23 set up in the summer, Bonds has impressed coaches throughout the club and was rewarded with the captaincy last year.
The 19-year-old is a central midfielder who has already had half a dozen call ups to the first team squad, but he is still waiting for his opportunity to shine.
That opportunity could be taken next season if he continues to make strides in terms of his development in the coming months.