This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Hull City have confirmed the signing of former Gillingham striker, Tom Eaves on a three-year deal following his release from the League One outfit.
Eaves recently announced that he was leaving the Gills, after a hugely impressive season last term.
The 27-year-old scored 22 goals in total as they finished 13th in the league table, and his good run of form evidently hasn’t gone unnoticed heading into pre-season.
Eaves has only made four appearances at Championship level though, so there are likely to be doubts from supporters as to whether he is able to cut it at this level.
He’ll be hoping to silence those doubters though, and will be keen to make a name for himself at a higher level of football as soon as possible.
But will Eaves be a good signing for the Tigers?
“I could see this being a good signing for Hull.
“Eaves has been banging goals in on a regular basis for Gillingham in League One in the past two seasons, so you feel now is the time for him to step and prove that he is capable of doing it in the Championship.
“With Hull facing the prospect of losing a number of attacking options in the window, you imagine they will need to bring in some new faces capable of getting the goals necessary to keep breathing space between themselves and the Championship’s bottom three next year, and Eaves’ record should instil the confidence that he can do that.
“Considering the pressure that appears to be on the Tigers financially, and the fact that Eaves was available on a free following his departure from Gillingham, this is a deal that could suit Hull in every sense.”
“I think that Eaves will prove to be an excellent signing for Hull, given that a player of his quality and class in front of goal is now available on a free transfer.
“He has scored plenty of goals for Gillingham over the last couple of years, despite the Gills always seeming to languish down the bottom end of the League One table.
“He is a forward that plays in a similar way to John Marquis, a player that absolutely flourished under McCann at Doncaster last season, so in that respect, he would be a perfect fit at the KCOM.
“If they somehow manage to keep hold of them, then having Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen supplying balls into the box for Eaves is a very tasty thought indeed.”
“Eaves will be a great capture by Hull and is sure to score goals for them next season.
“Since joining Gillingham the forward has made huge improvements to his game, and is now able to score all types of goals, and is not just an aerial threat anymore.
“He is quite similar to John Marquis and Hull boss Grant McCann really got the best out of him, so his side should play to Eaves’ strengths.
“Hull needed a target man up front, someone that midfielders and defenders can look for when getting the ball out of danger. Eaves is a good hold up player and he should link up well with Frazier Campbell if he stays with Hull.”