1. A week after the nonsense that is transfer deadline day, and we’re still excited over the on-field aspects of it. The expense is concerning, but it’s been fun to watch the forums and social media attempt to crowbar such a talented squad into a regular XI.
2. We also can’t wait to see how Steve Bruce keeps everyone happy. Or whether he can. Not only are City’s new signings laden with talent, there are also some players with a high estimation of their own abilities who won’t taken kindly to not starting most weeks. It isn’t the worst problem to have, but it’s a consideration.
3. Might it all prompt a few deparatures? Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Paul McShane and Alex Bruce are likely to experience a sharp drop down the pecking order. They’re a quartet of proper professionals for whom we have high regard and they’re characters who’ll prefer fighting for a place over public sulking…but like any player, they’ll also prefer playing games to not.
4. Of course, with significant outlay and high-profile recruits comes increased expectation. Last season, we’d have all taken 17th. This time, wouldn’t that represent a slight disappointment? We think it may do. Quite what is a fair expectation is difficult to assess, but it’d a shame to see the Allams’ investment result in anything other than a higher finish than last season. And a decent crack in one of the Cups.
5. So, West Ham at home next. Every game matters in every division/competition, but this’d be a nasty one to lose. Four points from four games, all against sides unlikely to trouble the top seven, would be a below-par beginning. Conversely, seven from four is a solid opening.
6. Good to see the club pro-actively trying to drum up support for this game by taking out adverts in the local press, something we’ve wanted for a little time – this was not the first regime to have taken their support in the city of Hull for granted, but at least their are now signs of improvement. Literal signs too, as posters on buses and in shopping centres are now visible. A shame that they still struggle to use the club’s name, but never mind. More of this please, City.
7. Tickets for Hull City v Manchester City are now on sale. At £50 each. That’s fifty pounds. For one City game.
8. Europe is gone, and after the initial anger, all that’s left is sadness. Please take the League Cup seriously, City. There’s a wrong that needs righting.
9. Rumours about the club’s ownership abound. Friday saw an apparent false alarm on Twitter, with whispers about an imminent sale suddenly appearing, and while that came to nothing, plenty seem to expect a statement this week about the future of the Allams at Hull City AFC. Our view is largely unchanged: they’ve done a lot of good, a little bad…and no to Hull Tigers.
10. Apropos of the owners, and rather overshadowed by Europe this, but the micro-spat between City and Hull City Council was fascinating – and for a change, we find ourselves in agreement with Ehab Allam. Councillor Terry Geraghty’s comments about a fans’ park for European fixtures were dismally small-minded (“Hull City are going to get a decent gate for the match so I think it should be up to them to do something.”). Few people have ever mistaken Councillor Geragthy for a man of open-mindedness or vision, and we know he’ll not be reading as we fancy that Gerrumonsard Weekly is more his scene than digital media, but it is deeply worrying as inhabitants of this marvellous city to think of him having any responsibility for Hull 2017. We also know that the club’s hierarchy has little time for him. Might the council usefully find someone better to deal with the club?