Hull City snap up Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson
Hull City, 7/2 for a top 10 finish, have made a scintillating double transfer swoop, with former Sheffield United centre half Harry Maguire and Scotland left back Andrew Robertson committing to the Humberside club on three year contracts.
Maguire, 21, has long been linked with an array of top flight clubs including Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool, but has opted to leave his hometown club for the KC Stadium, in a deal reported to be worth £2.5m.
After an impressive campaign for the Blades last season, earning him a place in the League One Team of the Year, Maguire will help to reinforce Tigers boss Steve Bruce’s backline.
Speaking about his move, Maguire revealed: “It’s taken a bit longer than I wanted, but as soon as I knew Hull were interested it was a no-brainer really….hopefully I can fight my way into the first team and play regularly.”
Hull enjoyed a fruitful campaign last term, securing European football for the first time in their history, avoiding relegation and contesting an FA Cup final with Arsenal, but investment is sorely needed to ensure the Tigers can fight on all fronts.
While Maguire will not add vast experience, the highly-rated youngster has already made 134 league appearances for the Blades, and netted nine goals in four years of service. The fledgling defender’s most prolific campaign came last term, where he found the net on five occasions, proving he can be a threat for Hull in the opposition area.
This move represents a big step up for the talented centre back, who has only made five Championship appearances, mainly plying his trade in League One. Adapting to the physical nature of the Premier League should not be a problem.
Reports suggest Bruce’s defensive transfer dealings are not over yet, despite these promising additions, with the former Manchester United player also keen on acquiring a more matured centre half.
Full back Andrew Robertson, who arrives at Hull for a rumoured £2.85m from Dundee United, has taken a somewhat more unusual route to the Premier League than new clubmate Maguire.
Robertson has only been playing professional football for a year, enjoying a meteoric rise to the Scottish Premier League after being plucked from amateur side Queens Park by Dundee.
Now after just one season at the Terrors, making 44 appearances and earning two caps, the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year has made his biggest move yet. The defender seems unphased by the step up though, admitting: “You dream of playing in a league like this and the quicker I can get started, the better.”
This double swoop means Hull have made five signings this summer. Bruce has already snapped up winger Tom Ince, as well as midfielders Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass.
Although they are seemingly unspectacular signings, they continue the quiet yet effective business conducted by Bruce last season, with fans hoping Hull, odds on at 1/4 to stay up, can replicate that success again.