Hull City have confirmed their second signing of the summer transfer window, after announcing the signing of striker Tom Eaves from Gillingham.
The 27-year-old has moved to the KCOM Stadium on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Gillingham at the end of last season, and has signed a three year contract with the club, who hold the option of extending that deal for a further 12 months.
Eaves scored 40 goals in 97 appearances in all competitions across his two years with the Gills, and Hull will hope that he will carry that goalscoring form from League One into the Championship next season.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at three ways the Tigers’ attack could line up next season following the signing of Eaves.
Use the lone striker
One way that Hull could play next season is with Eaves as a lone striker at the top of the pitch.
You imagine this is something they would most likely look to do in games where they are under a significant amount of pressure, potentially against the sides at the very top of the table.
You imagine this is a role that Eaves could cope with well. At 6’3″ tall, the striker should be able to cope with the physical demands of opposition defenders, and with Eaves having demonstrated this season that he is more than capable of creating chances for himself – sometimes in spectacular style- you feel he could still have an impact for the Tigers in this role.
Exploit the wide men
Admittedly this one could depend on who Hull can and cannot keep hold of this summer, but you feel it could be incredibly effective if given the opportunity.
In Kamil Grosicki, Hull possessed one of the most effective players in the Championship last season terms of assists, and you feel he could form a dangerous partnership with Eaves should he end up staying at the KCOM Stadium.
With Grosicki potentially putting any number of crosses into an opposition penalty area next season, you feel there would be ample opportunity for Eaves to demonstrate his finishing ability at Championship level.
Of course, even if Grosicki does move on, this is still a route Hull may look to explore next season, though the Pole’s record last year suggests he would be the one who could provide the most influential results.
Have another striker playing off him
As has already been mentioned, Eaves’ physical presence could be a huge asset to Hull next season, in more ways than one.
Another way they could look to use it is having the 27-year-old as a target man, holding up play before laying it off for a teammate to apply a finishing touch.
Jarrod Bowen, who was as prolific for Hull last season as Eaves was Gillingham, is someone who could thrive of such opportunities, but with reports linking him with a move to the Premier League refusing to go away, it could fall to someone else to carry out that role.
Who that would be remains to be seen, although it is clear that Eaves’ arrival offers Hull a number of options when it comes to the attacking approach they chose to take in the Championship next season.