Will Matthew , Moses and Andre say “No” to Hull ?

30 Jul

Regardless of the truth, or lack of , around yesterday’s claims that Hull city have been given permission by Brentford to speak to Andre Gray about a possible transfer, it did get me thinking (hey, it happens). Moreso given today’s, currently unsubstantiated, claims that Hull have now bid £3.5m for Moses Odubajo.

As I’ve been saying all summer, the remodeling of Brentford means that we are going to lose fan favourites along the way. Likewise, it is part of being a successful Championship club that our best players are going to attract unwanted attention. Whether genuine inquiries, agents stirring things up or simply newspapers scratching around for stories, it goes with the territory.

No to Hull BeesBut, right now, do Brentford actually need to sell? On the surface the answer would seem to be a categorical no. Both are young, English talent whom I can only see building on last season’s success.

 

 

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Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

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We did. And we still are ! 

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Its all about the kit, man. And the Bees.

Nick Bruzon

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15 Responses to “Will Matthew , Moses and Andre say “No” to Hull ?”

  1. M.Hall July 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    The key to great journalism…. research, research and then more research… Using a 1980 picture is lazy journalism…

    • nickbruzon July 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      Thanks for reading.
      I’m not a journalist (although i am lazy). That said, well aware you have moved to a new stadium since that pic was taken. Just thought it matched the mood.
      Cheers

  2. David Whinsip July 30, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    What a knob, showing a photo of a decaying Boothferry Park, City have not played their for over a decade! Also Hull are a far bigger club than Brentford.

  3. Chad July 30, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    at least have the courtesy of showing a picture of the wonderful KC Stadium (voting visiting fans favourite last season) not the crumbling Boothferry Park which Hull City left over 12 years ago – perhaps you did it to bull up your stadium!!

    • nickbruzon July 30, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

      Hi. Thanks for reading. Yes, well aware you’ve moved to a great modern stadium. Just felt that pic fitted the general mood

  4. michael ohl July 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    I’d rather none of the players mentioned leave, but if any were tempted, I’d see Hull as a sideways move bit like Clayton and Forshaw’s move. I could see the attraction of clubs like say Norwich, Ipswich, Middlesborugh, but why leave when there are so many good things going on at Brentford. Just look at our recent signings – they must have thought we are going places.

  5. steve July 30, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

    Not sure what makes you think the likes of Ipswich and Boro would be a step up but Hull, a club that has had 3 recent years in the Premier League, reached an FA Cup Final, and played in Europe, a ‘sideways move’?

    • nickbruzon July 31, 2015 at 5:04 am #

      Cheers Steve. I could say the same about Wigan Athletic, and more in their case. The point being we had the same thing happen there last season – one of our better players went there after they dropped out of the Prem to join us in the the Championship. To be polite, that didn’t go well.

      Maybe Hull City AFC will buck the trend but once a club drops out of the top flight, it often proves tricky to recapture that previous form.
      Brentford, to the shock of many outside of TW8, did have a great season last time out and have only strengthened.

      Based on recent form, the difference between our two teams isn’t anywhere near as big as it may have once been.

      Thanks for reading.

  6. Lewis July 31, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Rattled the tigers cage with this one, NIck. Chill out guys, we all know you’ve got a lovely new ground… we’ve seen it propping up Match of the Day for ages.

    Hull won’t like it, but comparisons with Wigan are clear as day. I’d argue that they even have an extra concern: Steve Bruce is clearly in one of his boom/bust cycles. I’ve never rated him as a manager but he seemed completely out of ideas last season. If he’s planning on rebuilding Hull’s team and filling it with young, hungry players then good for him, but you’ve gotta wonder if he’s doing the Steve Bruce thing of collecting a load of decent players without actually knowing how to get the best out of them.

    The Championship is a great leveller, as Brentford (and of course, Bournemouth) proved last season. Adam Forshaw made the mistake of thinking he was moving onto ‘bigger’ things and look how that worked out, only his agents January gymnastics saved him from relegation. I’d really hope that Moses and Andre consider lessons learned by other individuals last season before making any decisions.

    I’m not naive enough to think Brentford won’t eventually lose decent players. However, the ‘little old Brentford’ days are long gone and it’s high time clubs like Hull realised that.

    Excellent blog as always, Nick. Keep up the good work.

  7. Rob July 31, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Footballers are a fickle lot and their agents are even worse. If an agent can get the player a big pay rise and himself a massive bonus, nine times out of ten a deal will go through. Every club has a price it will let a player go for and as long as another club gets close to it, a deal with be done. Any player will accept a transfer
    even if it is to a club in the same division with as much chance of promotion as the other, it all about the money in the end.

  8. RebelBee July 31, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Hull AFC are entitled to bid for our players, no issue with that. And we are entitled to say no, at least until the money is right, then it comes down to the wishes of players. Andre is a good / developing championship striker, would moving up there improve him? I’d argue not, as for Moses – he’s possibly our most valuable asset – if he were to move it’d have to be to a major premier league club where he’d be in contention to play every week. Moses is a £10M player all day long.

    If it makes their fans feel better i’m happy to concede that they have a nice posh stadium and are a bit bigger than us. I know which owner i’d rather work for though.

    • malbee July 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

      Well said Mr Rebel its nice to have a lifelong fan as an owner isn’t it rather than some overseas investor, specially the one they have.

  9. Michael July 31, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    As said every player has a price.

    Definitely no more than a sideways step at best for both players in terms of career and development if these transfers went through.

    Think Hull will struggle this season, just as Fulham did.

    • nickbruzon July 31, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Couldn’t agree more – on all points. I think any of this, if true, will boil down to who wants money more.And how much….

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