Hull City striker Josh Magennis has suggested that he believes he could be set to benefit from the arrivals of both Mallik Wilks and Marcus Maddison, as they begin to form more of an understanding on the pitch.
Wilks arrived at Hull on loan from Barnsley until the end of the season, while Maddison made a similar move from League One Peterborough United, as Grant McCann’s side searched for some much-needed extra options in the wide positions following the departure of Kamil Grosicki to West Brom and Jarrod Bowen to West Ham.
The wide pair were both on target during Hull’s 4-4 draw at home to Swansea City last time out, with both players capable of making a potential vital difference for the Tigers in the final third during the rest of the campaign – and the duo also have the ability to produce the sort of deliveries that Magennis could thrive off as the season progresses.
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Speaking to Hull Live, Magennis suggested that Hull could be set to benefit from the ability that Wilks and Maddison possess to deliver regular quality into the penalty area for the Tigers’ forwards to attack.
He said: “The big thing of recruitment that the gaffer tried to bring in was not only good players but good mentality, people who won’t shy away and will be in the trenches.
“Kammy and Jarrod are two different types of wingers to Mallik and Marcus and when they came in, you put all of your eggs in one basket that they have to hit the ground running and learning on what we are doing.
“As strikers, we are learning that we have got two wingers that are out and out crossers of the ball, they try and get the ball in the box and it is just a transition we are trying to make.
“We have managed do it quite well, there are a lot of areas to improve but we have had a lot of positives and we have just got to try and make sure that we are more consistent more than ever.”
Magennis is right to suggest that both Wilks and Maddison have already shown signs of the sort of quality they can bring to the side during the rest of the campaign, with the pair having got off to promising starts in an attacking sense since their respective January moves.
A lot of pressure has been placed on both Wilks and Maddison to come in and really hit the ground running, as the Tigers look to replace the sizeable attacking loss of both Grosicki and Bowen, but the pair are more likely to ease that loss with their ability to provide assists, as well as the occasional goal from the wide positions.
Magennis and Tom Eaves are two strikers who could well thrive off the sort of regular and quality service that will come into the penalty area from the duo, which could help the pair improve their outputs in the final third, which is something they will be needing to do during the rest of the campaign.
The early signs have been promising for Hull, but the Tigers will be needing to ensure that they keep working on the training ground to help Magennis form a real reliable relationship with both Wilks and Maddison over the next few weeks and months.