EPL Season Preview: Hull City

Coach: TBA

2015/16 Finish: 4. Championship

2016/17 Preseason Ranking: 19

Sportify Rating: 1459

2015/16 Wagebill: £56M

Stadium Capacity: 25,586 at KCOM Stadium

Departures: Sone Aluko (released); Max Clappison (York); Max Clark (Cambridge); Mohamed Diame (Newcastle); Ryan Taylor (released)

Arrivals: Jonathan Edwards (Peterborough); Will Mannion (AFC Wimbledon)

The good: Consistency

Hull haven’t added significantly to their promotion playoff winning core group, but with that core of eight players who started at least 30 games last year, it could be a good thing. Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies, Abel Hernandez, Michael Dawson and Ahmed Elmohamady may not be the brightest names in the sport, but they all hit that 30 start mark for Hull last year and bring top flight experience from other clubs to the Tigers’ 2016-17 campaign.

The bad: Depth in attack

Hull relied heavily on Abel Hernandez in attack; the Uruguayan scored nearly 1/3 of Hull’s league goals last season. Sam Clucas and Mohamed Diame did their part from the midfield. Clucas scored six goals and assisted eight, and Diame scored 10 and assisted four, but will be on the job for Newcastle this upcoming season. The next highest goal scorers in the side were Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass, each scored four. Maybe Hernandez can manage his pace for some time this season, but if and when he falters, Hull’s offense seems likely to go with him.