Ah, Hull City. Strangely things have become worse for the Tigers ever since their Championship play-off final win, earning them a place in this season’s Premier League. With the owners wanting to sell the club, there was an impression that they were just looking to keep as much money as they could, with star man Mohamed Diame leaving for just £4.5 million. A serious injury crisis at the start of the season put unnecessary pressure on the newly promoted club, with five of the seven substitutes on the opening day being reserve players. Back-to-back victories to start the season is as good as it has been for Hull, with only four wins recorded in the league so far.
But, there’s just enough quality to keep the Tigers up, as shown by Marco Silva’s start with the side, defeating Bournemouth 3-1 last weekend, and don’t forget that the club has made the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. Just one or two more signings are needed to guarantee Premier League survival, which is an exciting task on FIFA 17. If you fancy a real challenge and want to fight your way up the table through pure grit, then Hull is your team.
How you should lineup
With a lot of central midfield players at the club, a 4-4-2 diamond should be your best bet, with a conventional 4-4-2, 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 all possible options. In goal, there is a battle between David Marshall and Allan McGregor, with Ahmed Elmohamady, Michael Dawson, Curtis Davies and Andrew Robertson making up the back four.
Jake Livermore should be your defensive midfielder, with Robert Snodgrass and Ryan Mason on either side of the diamond. Markus Henriksen will be your link between the midfield and attack.
Up top, the running of Abel Hernandez and Dieumerci Mbokani should cause the defence enough problems to score goals.
On the bench, you will want Allan McGregor, Harry Maguire, Moses Odubajo, Tom Huddlestone, David Meyler, Shaun Maloney and Adama Diomande.
The Transfer Market
Starting transfer budget: £19 million
Starting wage budget: £71,000
Who should go
With Hull having to call up many academy players at the start of the season, their squad is enormous, and you can afford to let many of those fringe players go. Sam Clucas, Eldin Jakupovic and Alex Bruce are the first team names that you will recognise, and for those three you should be looking to collect over £1.5 million altogether.
The other names that can go are Daniel Batty, Johan Ter Horst, Greg Luer, Jarrod Bowen and Josh Clackstone, and those five should collect you a combined sum of £620,000, giving you a total of around £2.3 million extra in your bank account.
What the team needs
A transfer budget of £21 million isn’t going to get you very far in the Premier League, so it is absolutely vital that you perform well in a pre-season tournament to take Hull beyond the £25 million mark. With that, you will have enough in the bank to sign at least one name for your starting line-up. With a lack of wingers at the club, we suggest that you bring one in with plenty of pace, just to give you that option of going to a more conventional formation with wide players. Manchester City’s Jesus Navas should be at the top of your shortlist with the Spaniard rated at 80 overall, costing around £10 million. The right midfielder has 89 acceleration, 88 sprint speed and 87 agility, with his wages costing £43,000 a week.
– Ibrahima Traore – Borussia Monchengladbach, Age 28, OVR 80, POT 80, Cost: £17 million, Wage: £58,000
– Kevin Mirallas – Everton, Age 28, OVR 81, POT 81, Cost: £19 million, Wage: £58,000
– Bernard – Shakhtar Donetsk, Age 23, OVR 79, POT 84, Cost: £22 million, Wage: £50,000
If you can’t or don’t wish to make another purchase, a loan move is a sensible option with Hull. With no options at right back in the loan market, you are better off turning to a striker. Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford would appear to be an ambitious loan, but you may just be able to get him. The forward can also play on either flank, and his 77 overall rating consists of 91 acceleration, 90 sprint speed and 86 agility. His wages will only set you back £14,000.
– Mariano – Real Madrid, Age 22, OVR 74, POT 82, Wage: £25,000
– Kenedy – Chelsea, Age 20, OVR 63, POT 85, Wage: £18,000
There are a few candidates that can go the other way, with Brian Lenihan, Ellis Barkworth, Josh Tymon, Ben Hinchliffe and James Weir all benefitting from a season or two away on loan.
A lot of Hull City players have contracts running out at the end of the season, but you should only be looking to extend three off them. Dieumerci Mbokani is your highest rated player, so you shall want to keep hold of him, and Shaun Maloney is a useful player to have in the squad. Brian Lenihan may go out on loan, but with a 73 potential, you will want to keep him at the club.
As for the likes of Dusan Kuciak, Alex Bruce, Daniel Batty, Johan Ter Horst and Greg Luer, if you decide to keep any of them beyond the transfer windows, they can be released at the end of the season.
The managerial objectives are what you would expect from Hull under the current owners, with your financial goal being the most important. For that, you will need to keep over £15 million in your transfer budget for the end of the season and keep your salary growth to under 10 percent.
Brand exposure is of high importance, and you will be asked to maintain 85 percent attendance for five matches in a row. This can be achieved by winning regularly and scoring plenty. Somewhat surprisingly, your domestic objective has a very low importance, meaning that you could get relegated and still keep your job, much like Steve Bruce did 18 months ago. A mid-table finish or just avoiding relegation is all you will be asked of in the Premier League, and as for the FA Cup, you will need to reach the last 32 or last 16.
Finally, for youth development, you could be asked to sign a player for your academy to a certain position.
Make The Tigers roar
With so much uncertainty over the club, your aim for the season should just be stability and to keep Hull in the division. As much as you could get relegated and keep your job, if you do not achieve your financial goal but still stay up, you may face the sack, so be sure to keep over £10 million in your bank account after the transfer window, as you will receive some purchase for your Premier League finish.
The rest of your objectives are fairly straightforward, but that lack of signing top class players may dissuade you from picking Hull on FIFA 17’s career mode. But, if you do enjoy that battle against relegation, where every point is crucial, there is still much excitement in picking Hull. There is plenty of potential at the club, and do not forget that they did reach the Europa League qualification stage only a few years ago. Perform well this season, and you may be able to plot a path to Europe in the next campaign.
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