After guiding his side to promotion from League One earlier this year, Hull City manager Grant McCann opted to bolster his squad by drafting in some fresh faces during the summer transfer window.
One of the individuals who opted to make a permanent move to the MKM Stadium was Tyler Smith.
Following a frustrating spell at Sheffield United in which he struggled to make any inroads on the club’s starting eleven, the forward signed a two-year deal with the Tigers in August.
Here, we take a look at Smith’s performances to date and assess what issues he could face in the coming months…
How’s it gone so far?
Since making the switch to Hull, Smith has only managed to illustrate glimpses of his talent in the Championship.
Despite making seven appearances for the club at this level, the forward has yet to break his goal scoring duck.
Smith did manage to provide an assist for Keane Lewis-Potters’ strike in Hull’s 3-1 defeat to the Blades last month.
What issues does he face?
Smith will need to find a solution to his lack of consistency at this level if he is to emerge as a key player for Hull this season.
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Currently averaging an underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.17 in the Championship, the forward will know that a failure to pick up his performance levels could result in him losing his place in Hull’s starting eleven.
When you consider that Mallik Wilks managed to score for the Tigers last weekend in their clash with Middlesbrough after replacing Smith in the 69th minute of this clash, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if McCann decides to drop the former Blades man for the club’s upcoming fixtures.
Hull are set to make their return to Championship action on October 16th when they head to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town.
Currently 21st in the second-tier standings, the Tigers will be determined to produce an eye-catching performance against the Terriers.
For Smith’s sake, he will be hoping to kick-start his season by scoring against a Huddersfield side who have only managed to keep two clean-sheets in their last six league games.