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Hull City manager Grant McCann is looking to increase his squad options and has taken free-agent Ryan Tafazolli on the Tigers’ pre-season training camp to Spain, as he considers whether to offer the 27-year-old defender a deal, as reported in the Hull Daily Mail.
Tafazolli left Peterborough United this summer after three years at the club, where he scored five goals in 101 appearances, 43 of which were last season when Posh missed out on a play-off place by a single point.
So would Tafazolli be a good signing for the Tigers?
“Ryan Tafazolli could be some smart business from Hull with him being available on a free transfer.
“At 27 he’s just about to reach his prime, and has had a really good season in League One last year.
“He was a key player at Peterborough, and considering his links with Grant McCann, it seems a wise choice for both parties to go ahead with this deal. Both know each other and Tafazolli might feel trust in McCann that he will get football.
“Hull are operating of a limited budget so this looks a good solution for them. There’s no transfer fee and he shouldn’t be demanding too larger wages considering he’s been in League One.
“At 6’5” he is a imposing figure, and has the physical attributes to succeed in the Championship.”
“Yes, on a free transfer this could be a good bit of business for the Tigers.
“The Tigers need reinforcements for their squad after ten have players left this summer, either following a loan spell or due to contract expirations, and despite McCann’s insistence that there is money for him to spend you always felt they might need to be a bit creative.
“With centre-backs Liam Ridgewell and Ondrej Mazuch both leaving on free transfers they need to add depth in that area and Ryan Tafazolli looks like he could provide that.
“He has been a reliable defender for Peterborough in League One over the past few years, making more than 30 league appearances every season since he joined in 2016.
“Tofazolli was one of McCann’s first signings as Peterborough United boss, so he knows the player and clearly, he believes he can add something to his Hull squad.”
“This is a tricky one in my opinion, with obvious pros and obvious cons to it.
“As somebody who has watched a lot of Tafazolli during his time with Peterborough, his qualities are obvious – he is incredibly strong, great in the air and tough in the tackle. He is also always willing to put his head in where it hurts.
“However, he is not a player without his mistakes and he makes a fair few of them in League One, most often being caught out of position when faced with a pacey attack.
“On a free transfer, it is a move that is hard to argue with and as McCann knows him it makes all the more sense. I just worry that he could well be a top League One player who struggles to make the step up.”