Premier League season preview: Hull - predicted finish 10th

Bruce has Hull well organised. Photo: PA

Predicted finish: 10th

On paper their squad looks stronger than last season and provided that they don’t take their Europa League duties too seriously and concentrate on becoming an established Premier League side then they have the quality to do so. Easier said than done, of course.

Signings so far:

Ins: Jake Livermore (Tottenham Hotspur, £8m), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City, £7m), Tom Ince (Blackpool, Compensation to be agreed), Karim Rossi (Stoke City) Harry Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5m), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85m)

Outs: Abdoulaye Faye - Released, Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, Free), Conor Henderson - Released, Eldin Jakupovic - Released, Robert Koren - Released

Livermore
Livermore has joined on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

New signings - the verdict:

Securing the long-term services of Jake Livermore to continue his constructive partnership with Tom Huddlestone in midfield was vital. Robert Snodgrass has joined from Norwich and brings with him a sweet left foot that is sure to benefit the dangerous strike force of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long. Tom Ince turned down a move to Inter Milan to work under Steve Bruce and the Tigers boss might just be able to get the mercurial talent to prove that he’s Premier League quality. Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson and Karim Rossi are the others to sign up but will be hard pushed to make an impact.

Ince
Tom Ince could find his feet at Hull. Credit: PA

One to watch: Tom Ince

‘I’ve come to Hull to be educated,’ uttered Ince upon choosing Steve Bruce’s side over Inter Milan. A gamble? Of course, but the young forward has shown he has, firstly, the bottle to turn down more money and accept he’s not ready for the big time and secondly, the desire to improve his career. His qualities are evident to see - he’s quick footed but more importantly intelligent with his use of the ball. He has something to prove and Bruce will give him a platform to do so.

Manager:

Coming off the back of a cup final and Premier League Bruce would have undoubtedly deemed last season a success. A likeable character, Bruce seems to have formed a tight-knit group at Hull and the players clearly enjoy playing under him. Has been given money to improve the squad and has made some shrewd acquisitions.

Your predictions:

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“@itvfootball: Hull fans, what position will your team finish in the Premier League this season and why?” Bottom half can't cope with Europa

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@itvfootball 14th. decent strikers in jelavic and long but no real strong defence and definatley no depth to the squad

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@itvfootball if we get a forward who gets goals it should be mid table but if we don't then keeping out the bottom 3 is the challenge #UTT

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@itvfootball Going to be bold and say 14th, think we will struggle if we qualify for the Europa League but we've made some quality signings