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Hull City are going into their second season in the Premier League.

So what has happened since gaining promotion in the 2012/2013 season?

Hull City: Two years on, what's happened since?Most importantly to Tigers fans, they’re still in the Premier League, it has not all been plain sailing however.

One of the main reasons did get promoted in 2012/2013 was because of Assem Allam buying the club on 16th December 2010. Allam helped bring in a few Egyptians including pacy winger Ahmed Elmohamady, who performed very well and won player of the season in the promotion season.

Hull City's pacy winger Ahmed Elmohamady

Hull City’s pacy winger Ahmed Elmohamady

After that joyful end to the season for Hull, Allam decided he wanted change the name Hull City to ‘Hull Tigers’ or ‘Hull City Tigers’. This, as I’m sure you can imagine, was met with a firm hand and was subsequently rejected by the FA much to the pleasure and relief of Hull City fans.

In January 2014 Hull spent £14 million on fresh goalscoring talent. Two genius signings from Steve Bruce in Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic gave Hull a second wind at the business end of the season. They scored a combined 11 goals between January and the end of the season, their goals undoubtedly helped keep Hull in the Premier League.

Looking forwards Hull are a club on the rise after more fantastic transfer window business from Steve Bruce signing/loaning players such as Robert Snodgrass, Hatem Ben Arfa and Michael Dawson amongst others. What Steve Bruce has done is brought in players with flair who can create something with their pace and technique crossed with bags of Premier League experience, impressive stuff.

Hatem Ben Arfa, on loan from Newcastle United

Hatem Ben Arfa, on loan from Newcastle United

With a team like this they are almost definitely going to be looking up instead of down in the Premier League. On top of these new exciting forward players Hull’s defence is very solid with Andrew Robertson at left back for a steal at £2.85 million, Curtis Davies and Dawson in the centre, pace on the right from Elmohamady and Robertson, plus solidity in the middle from Dawson and Davies means that the Hull City defence is enviable.

In terms of improvements, another consistent centre midfielder you feel is in order to really make them a stand out team. Although Hull have a large number of central midfielders there’s no one in there that other teams are scared of, not in a Joey Barton sense of the word, more the Steven Gerrard way.

For this season I predict Hull in 12th. Although that sounds like the peak of mediocrity it is a step up on the slippery stairs of the Premier League.

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by Euan Baillie
for Crazy About EPL, Blog: Crazy About EPL, Twitter: @CrazyAboutEPL

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