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‘Cart horse’ – These Hull fans were delighted with this player’s exit despite a favourable welcome

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After 21 matches in the Premier League, Steve Bruce’s Hull City got to the January transfer window and looked to add to their side to further move up the table.

Having won promotion to the top flight the year before, the Tigers were having a solid start to life back at England’s elite level.

Having assumed 23 points, and in 10th position in the table, Hull were still one of the lowest scorers in the division, with their defence affording them to be where they were at the time.

So in the New Year, Bruce moved to secure more goals for his side when on January 15, 2014, a signing was made.

Nikica Jelavic signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Humberside outfit and the welcome he received from the Tigers’ faithful was somewhat favourable.

Jelavic had been in fine form for Rangers and Everton before his move to Hull and made his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Norwich three day after signing.

His first goal would come almost a month later in the 2-0 win over Sunderland in February 2014, before a double in the 4-0 win over Cardiff at the end of the month.

Jelavic would go on a seven-game baron run before adding his fourth goal for his new side in 16 Premier League appearances that year.

Hull finished 16th and made an FA Cup final, a fixture the striker was not a part of.

The following year, having had time to settle, the forward scored eight goals on 30 appearances as Steve Bruce’s men were relegated, finishing 18th – three points from safety.

It was a weak year for the forward and the club, and he would be plying his trade in the Championship during his second full season at the KCOM Stadium.

Four second-tier appearances would be registered with one goal for the Tigers before surprise interest from Premier League side West Ham ready to give Jelavic a crack at the top-flight once more.

And on September 1, 2016 – deadline day – the Hammers secured the services of the then 30-year-old.

He scored 13 goals in 49 appearances for the Tigers before his undisclosed fee transfer to the London club.

And despite the warmish welcome two-and-a-half-years prior, there was a sense of relief and happiness from many Hull fans who were not bothered with the club losing him.

It was a pretty unanimous response to the departure of Jelavic having failed to live up to the hype upon signing in 2014.

The initial reaction of welcoming was replaced with welcome good-byes from the Hull City supporters when this ineffective signing eventually left the Tigers.


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