Last week Assem Allam vowed that no more money would be made available for transfer at Hull City approach a difficult path to 2015 in the Premier League.
October sees the Tigers face back to back away trips to Arsenal and Liverpool. while November brings both Southampton and Manchester United to the K.C. Stadium. The Christmas period features a jam packed schedule as Hull face West Brom and Swansea at home and make trips to Everton and Chelsea, capping four games in just 17 days, before a Boxing Day trip to Sunderland. They will then welcome Leicester in their final game of 2014.
With such a tricky fixture list ahead, Steve Bruce will be hoping his newest acquisitions display the quality performances required to pick up some precious points and secure Premier League football for a third successive season on Humberside. Bruce splashed over £30 million this summer and sealed some big names, including Hatem ben Arfa and Gaston Ramirez.
One particular signing, Mo Diame, has already kicked off his Hull career superbly, scoring spectacularly against former club West Ham and adding to his tally against Newcastle and Crystal Palace. His high work rate and attacking mentality have already got home fans chanting his name, but other new faces are taking a little longer to adapt to life in black and amber.
Record signing Abel Hernandez shows signs of an immediate adjustment when he scored on his debut against West Ham, but hasn’t managed to replicate the same level of performance again so far this season. Bruce will be desperate for the £10 million man to add to his tally over the festive period, especially after his impressive goal-scoring record at Palermo.
Centre-back Michael Dawson and full-back Andrew Robertson continue to settle in steadily, but others are yet to show their true potential. Ben Arfa and Tom Ince should get the game time that they crave over the busy winter months, and fans will be desperate for them to show their attacking skills and flair.
With such difficult fixtures ahead Steve Bruce will be thankful for the money club owner Allam provided to secure so many new additions in the summer, but will also be wary of the need for them to start producing the performances to justify their reputations.
Hull City’s league position come the beginning of 2015 could be a big factor in determining where many of the squad go from there.