There seems to be a one way bus out of town at Hull City that everybody wants to be on, and the Tigers stars are leaving the city at an extremely alarming rate.
Tom Huddlestone, Ahmed Elmohamady, Josh Tymon, Curtis Davies and Eldin Jakupovic are just some of the names to have jumped ship following Hull’s relegation to the Championship, and boss Leonid Slutsky has it all to do if he is to replace those that have left.
Goalkeeper Jakupovic will be a big loss having been set to be the man between the sticks on the opening day next month at Aston Villa, and Slutsky must enter the transfer market now to find his new number one shot stopper.
The club has money to spend having accrued fees for its former players and are also enjoying the luxury of top flight parachute payments, so Slutsky should have the funds to tie up a deal for a solid addition in goal.
One man who may be available is Newcastle’s Karl Darlow, who could find playing time limited following the Magpies promotion last season.
Tim Krul has returned from a loan spell in his native Holland and could resume his role as Newcastle’s number one, leaving Darlow free to leave the club.
Darlow made 34 appearances last year as Newcastle lifted the title, and made a number of key saves along the way to Championship success.
Fans may be disappointed to see the player leave but will put their faith in manager Rafa Benitez’s decision, and Hull should do what it takes to benefit from the situation.
Big spending Boro will bid again having seen one offer rejected, and Slutsky will monitor the situation closely to see if a deal for the 26-year-old is viable.