NEWS: Maguire joins Leicester for £17m


Harry Maguire has left Hull City and joined 2016 Premier League champions Leicester in a £17m deal.

The 24 year old centre back has signed a five year deal at the King Power Stadium.

It is not an unexpected piece of business, with the player gaining rave reviews all season in a struggling side and becoming a cult hero with City supporters, but again it is disheartening to see big names leaving the club when a better investment programme by the ownership could have ensured the Premier League safety that persuades players like Maguire to stay.

Maguire joined City for £2.5m after a superlative display for Sheffield United against City in the 2014 FA Cup semi-final. He took a while to find his feet, with the likes of James Chester, Curtis Davies and later Michael Dawson ahead of him, and Steve Bruce seemed initially unsure. Eventually, he forced his way into the team and some stellar displays at the back, along with some extraordinary bits of individual defending and mesmerising runs from deep, made him a key figure and a very popular player last season.

He leaves the Tigers after 75 senior appearances which had him spoken of as a potential England player. It’s an astute bit of business by Leicester, whose Premier League winning duo of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan are ageing and slowing down. A percentage of the money will go to Sheffield United, who negotiated a sell-on agreement when Maguire signed.

For City, it opens further the yawning chasm in our defensive options, and new coach Leonid Slutsky will need to sign a number of reinforcements, with Maguire, Curtis Davies and Alex Bruce all departing in the summer. Whether he will get some or all of the Maguire cash from the Allams to sign adequate replacements is another matter entirely.

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  1. Ambertigerfan
    Ambertigerfan says:

    The Hull Daily Mail speaks of Slutsky looking to Chelsea for loans.

    It’s not rocket science: cash in the long term assets for millions and bring in temporary loans. The Allams get richer while City get poorer.

    Selling Davies and getting his wages off the bill, letting youth like Harvey Rodgers (and probably Tymon) go, and speculation over Dawson leaves City with zero center backs. Who cares? Not the Allams. It looks like City have their own Oystons of Blackpool, milking the club financially for themselves and not reinvesting for success. Steve Bruce’s long term foundations of success are getting removed by the week.

    It’s like history repeating itself all over again. Here’s a comment from April 2010 I made in the HDM; swap a few names such as Allam for Bartlett, Sunderland for Portsmouth and you get the picture:

    A sad day for City: Bullard’s penalty miss showed us how little he cares.

    Wigan came back in the last 2 minutes scoring 2 goals to defeat title chasing Arsenal. Contrast: Hull City capitulating in the last 2 minutes, letting in 2 goals being defeated by relegation certainties Portsmouth.

    The soul of Hull City was ripped out when Phil Brown bottled it with 4-5-1 after our fantastic play at the beginning of last season. Add the diabolical sales of Ricketts and Turner and their pathetic replacements McShane and Sonko respectively, and we ‘re getting the picture. Captain and heartbeat of the team, Ian Ashbee is injured for the whole of this season and now there’s no soul left in the shirt. Dowie comes in and basically picks the same team as Brown and gets the same results: 7/59 for Brown= 11% win rate, 1/5 for Dowie= 20% win rate and falling. Add in Brown’s mistreatment of heroes like Wayne Brown (who got 1 game in the Premiership and knew how organize a defence) and Dean Windass who cares more for Hull City than the whole of the current team, and the die was cast. Let’s not forget the mismanagement of Cousin and King who actually scored in the Premiership for Hull City!

    All the money wasted on Sonko (3 million total cost of loan deal) Jimmy Crystal knee (11 million total), and a “Parkinesque” shaped Zaki should have been used to secure Frazier Campbell who proved he could score goals in a City shirt. Sure the city of Hull’s image is a problem, but Stoke is hardly the land of milk and honey. Look at their signings and league position. Our Premiership money was wasted in all the wrong places and we have continued to field the same failed trifecta of players who mysteriously escaped Wayne Brown’s axe: Fagan, Marney and Garcia. To rub salt in the wounds multi million pound talented signings look on from the stands: Olinfinjana (3 million), Ghilas (2.5 million) and either JVoH or Altidore.

    The wreak of incompetence is nauseating: Lack of courage, lack of nous, and over blown ego have all coalesced to extinguish the dream. We are staring into the chasm of another 104 years of obscurity and the players stroll around [Portsmouth, Burnley and Birmingham most recently] like it’s of little consequence to them. Tigers’ historians will judge the last two years very poorly when they consider what could have and what should have been. But wait, there’s still more to squeeze from Hull City: ah yes, land development around West Park with no guarantee of extending the ground’s capacity or the building of the youth academy in radioactive Melton. Wake up Tiger nation, its all plain to see if you only open your eyes and see this as it really is. The communist republic of Hull City Council should refuse any planning permission until the ground extension and Youth Academy are intrinsically linked into the package: it’s all or nothing.

    There is only one person accountable for all of this mess and he is the owner: Russell Bartlett.

  2. Dave bowman
    Dave bowman says:

    I guess Robertson is next.. Who wants to hang around a rotting corpse when there are better options available for our better players?

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