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“Wise short-term addition” – Hull City rival Bristol City in Derby County player pursuit: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Hull City have set their sights on veteran Derby County defender Curtis Davies, as per a Patreon report by journalist Alan Nixon. 

A previous Alan Nixon Patreon report claimed that Bristol City are interested in a move for the 37-year-old, with Nigel Pearson being keen to add experience within a relatively youthful Robins side.

Davies played every single minute of the relegated club’s league campaign, with their 21-point deduction leading them to League One.

Proving once more to be an excellent leader and an inspiration to the more youthful members coming through the ranks, Davies won the club’s Player of the Season award too, displaying just how important he had been.

Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding Hull’s interest in the Derby defender…

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Adam Jones 

Proving to be a solid figure for Derby during the 2021/22 campaign, even at 37, he would definitely be a wise short-term addition.

Not only has he been solid – but has also been a real leader of an inexperienced side and with the Tigers set to see quite a few players join the club in the summer – he could be the stable figure needed to help gel the squad together.

On a free transfer as well and with Davies unlikely to demand a huge salary, he would be a low-risk addition that could help the East Yorkshire outfit to push for a finish in the top half.

Showing he can remain fit after playing in all 46 of the Rams’ league games during 2021/22, there should be no concerns over his ability to remain fit.

Marcus Ally 

Hull will definitely need to replace Di’Shon Bernard this summer if they are not able to sign him on a permanent basis, however I see no reason why Curtis Davies would leave Derby County at this juncture.

The Rams could be set for a very difficult season in the third tier, should their off-pitch struggles persist and Davies’ leadership could become even more crucial.

Although, on the other hand if the Tigers were able to bring Davies back it would have to be seen as a good signing, but only if he was not first choice.

The severity of the situation at Derby seemed to bring the best out of Davies, and without that external pressure the 37-year-old may not be the force that he was this season.

Davies should only be a fringe player if he does sign for Hull.

Ned Holmes 

This ticks the boxes for Hull on so many levels.

We’re expecting some big spending given the takeover earlier this season but bringing in Curtis Davies as a stopgap option in central defence would be a really sensible move.

He was excellent for Derby County last term and proved he can still do it at Championship level.

The Tigers have young central defenders and they would benefit from Davies’ experience.

He’s spoken in the past about wanting to return to the club and Hull should make the most of that.

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