On Wednesday, Hull City completed their second signing of the summer when Gillingham Town striker Tom Eaves arrived at the KCom.
He joined on a free transfer after netting 21 goals in the third tier last season as the Gills battled against relegation and joins Matt Ingram on the list of new faces at the club.
New manager Grant McCann is clearly keen to make his mark on the team and the arrival of Eaves seems like it could be an important part of his plans.
But what should we make of the deal?
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Is this is a good signing?
“I think this is an excellent signing for Hull.
“Eaves has been tremendous for the past two seasons now, netting 20+ League One goals for a club consistently towards the foot of the table, and frankly I’m amazed it has taken this long for a Championship club to bring him in.
“The fact it is on a free transfer as well is, of course, a great plus as well for the Tigers.”
Will he be a regular under Grant McCann?
“I’d be amazed if he was not a regular.
“McCann won’t hand him the starting spot on a plate and he will need to prove himself against Nouha Dicko and Frazier Campbell in pre-season.
“But given his form in recent years I would back Eaves to come out on top in that battle and be the main man upfront.”
What is the biggest positives of his arrival?
“I would say his reliability and his physical threat.
“I have already talked about his consistent goal-scoring record, and that undoubtedly remains a huge positive.
“But Eaves is somebody who will not be intimidated by anybody in the Championship and will be a big challenge for all centre-backs.
“He is excellent with his feet as well and will have no trouble bringing his teammates into play.”
What are the biggest drawbacks?
“I think his lack of Championship experience.
“Last season we saw Paul Hurst bring in a host of players for Ipswich who were proven in the third tier but not above and we all know how that went.
“Whilst I think Eaves is a cut above a lot of the players signed under Hurst, it will remain a slight concern for the fans for now.”
What does this mean for the future of Jarrod Bowen?
“I don’t think it changes anything at all.
“Bowen was always going to be a man of serious interest and I still fancy him to have left by the end of the transfer window.
“Had millions of pounds been invested into Eaves, then we could probably read into it more, but seeing as he arrives on a free, I don’t think there is anything in it.”
Who in the Hull squad will be fearing his arrival the most?
“Frazier Campbell will certainly feel threatened.
“The experienced striker has been a reliable figure at Hull but with arrival of what appears to be a very reliable marksman, he may feel under threat.
“It will be interesting to see what effect Eaves’ arrival therefore has on the attitude and performance levels of the 31-year-old.”