Hull City will return to the Championship in August after failing to retain their Premier League status last time round.
The Tigers secured promotion via the play-offs back in May 2016 to once again earn the right to have a crack at the top-flight, but were immediately relegated back to the second tier last term after picking up just 34 points from their 38 league games.
And relegation also saw the end of manager Marco Silva, who almost masterminded one of the greatest escapes in Premier League history, as well as star defender Harry Maguire, who sealed a big money move to Leicester City last week.
And it means that new boss Leonid Slutsky has got a huge task on his hands in getting Hull back to the Premier League next season, with serious reinforcements needed in several areas of the squad over the summer to aid in that quest.
And one man they’ve been linked with in recent times is Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, who spent last term on loan at second tier outfit Bristol City, and was simply magnificent.
The 19-year-old scored 23 goals in just 41 games for the Robins to help them stave off relegation to League One, and his sensational efforts for Lee Johnson’s men last season has attracted much interest from around the country, with the likes of Newcastle, Brighton, and now Hull reportedly interested in the England Under-21 star.
However, if Hull are serious about earning promotion straight back to the top-flight, they must do all they can to land Abraham this summer, as his performance last season was outstanding.
His tally of 23 goals was bettered by only Leeds United striker Chris Wood, and there’s little doubt that, if it wasn’t for his goals, Bristol City would have been relegated last season.
And he also scored key goals for Johnson’s men to demonstrate that he could produce the goods at the key moments.
It was he who scored the winner at Burton, it was he who scored the crucial second in the 2-2 draws against Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, it was he who scored a brace in victory over Wolves, and it was he who scored in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn.
Abraham came up with key goals at key times in a Bristol City team that so often looked at him for that moment of inspiration and, arguably, Hull have greater midfield and attacking options than the Robins, which means he’ll likely have more chances and opportunities, and likely score more goals.
And Slutsky’s men will certainly need that given that they were the third-lowest scorers in the Premier League last term, and none of their strikers netted above four goals in the league.
Robert Snodgrass, who signed for West Ham in the January transfer window, finished as their top-scorer with just seven goals, and that itself underlines how poor the Tigers were in front of goal last term.
Ultimately, they need reinforcements upfront, and who better to bring in than someone who has just come off the back of a stunning season at this level, and is likely searching for somewhere to play regularly next term.
Yes, Premier League football may be more appealing to Abraham, but Slutsky may be able to use his links with Roman Abramovich to his advantage, especially as the 19-year-old would likely get more playing time at the KCOM Stadium than he would at the AMEX Stadium or St James’ Park. That could turn out to be the key factor.
Thus, it’s a deal the new Hull chief must get done this summer.