Hull City face crunch decisions from Manchester United and Chelsea at end of campaign


Hull City’s loan contingent face a crucial two weeks as the Championship season draws to a close. The Tigers have a host of players on short-term deals which will effectively come to an end after last day’s clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday week, with a series of key decisions to be made by Shota Arveladze and the club hierarchy.

Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Liam Walsh, Nathan Baxter, Di’Shon Bernard and Marcus Forss all arrived on temporary deals at MKM Stadium and enjoyed varying levels of success with the Tigers, who can now plan a second season in the second. -tier after ensuring their survival on Good Friday.

In Allahyar’s case, City will almost certainly return his move to Turkish side Fenerbache on a fee already agreed with chairman Ali Koc, but there remains significant doubt over the other five.

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Here, Hull Live takes a look at the current lending situation…

Nathan Baxter

Seven clean sheets from 14 league appearances in a newly promoted side is testament to Baxter’s performance since joining City’s first squad at Barnsley in October. The Chelsea loanee looks like a top prospect, and there’s no doubt the Tigers look a better unit with him in goal – and that’s no small feat for the excellent Matt Ingram – City are lucky to have two very good goalkeepers in contention for the number one shirt.

Baxter himself faces a big decision this summer; does he believe he has a real chance of breaking into the first-team scene at Stamford Bridge or is he cutting his losses and looking to put down roots at a club like City where he has a chance realistic to become number one for an extended period of time.

Aside from George Honeyman, signing Baxter on a permanent deal will be one of the club’s biggest deals this summer, with his last two outings only underscoring its importance.

Di’Shon Bernard

In recent weeks, Bernard has found himself out of the squad largely in the form of Alfie Jones and it looks like a real challenge for the Manchester United youngster to force his way back into the fold. At 21, however, Bernard has all the ingredients to continue and become a very good defender and would represent a solid investment, if the terms of the agreement were right, although much will depend on what Erik ten Hag plans for his lend young people.

Other clubs are looking to Bernard, which is understandable given his pedigree and the way he has adapted to life in the Championship, having been in League Two with Salford City last season. He may have found opportunities under Arveladze limited recently, but there is a player in there and one who has the characteristics of a talented young lad.

Whether or not he is considering a future at City, Old Trafford or another loan remains to be seen, but there will be plenty of interest in his signing this summer whether or not he plays in the bottom two.

Marcus Fors

On paper, it looked like a formidable signing, but it has yet to take off as the player and club might have hoped. Forss struggled to make a big impact with his only goal in the draw at QPR. It’s not entirely on his head, however, the system the Tigers use isn’t necessarily conducive to Forss.

There’s a player in there, his previous record shows that. He’s someone who needs regular minutes in a team to create chances, something he hasn’t really had at the MKM stadium yet.

Strikers thrive on supply and in a team that creates, Forss has enough to score at this level. Will he get the required chances in the last two games? He hopes so.

Liam Walch

Walsh’s arrival seemed odd on deadline day, though it’s probably fair to say he was signed as a replacement for Matt Smith. In his first interview with the club, Walsh spoke about his desire to play regular football, something he wasn’t getting at Swansea, and when he said that you sensed his chances would already be limited with Regan. Slater, Richie Smallwood and Greg Docherty. established.

In the games we’ve seen of him so far, Walsh hasn’t done much to suggest he’s likely to be scrutinized over the next two games. Of the five players on loan, Walsh is the one who must surely have the smallest chance of seeing his move made permanent.

If he doesn’t feature at Ashton Gate or against Forest, you’d think his run in East Yorkshire was probably overrun.

Allahyar Sayyadmanesh

The Iranian ace has started to show some of the promise City fans have come to expect from him in recent weeks, his performance against Cardiff was good and he took it to another level on Saturday in the 3-0 win over Reading. Allahyar may be short in stature, but he can certainly jump when it comes to challenging in the air and has an impressive work rate.

It was always going to take time for him to adjust to life away from home, especially coming to a new country in the middle of winter, a tough league and to a team under new management in the heart of a relegation battle.

He is a player who would benefit greatly from a full pre-season at City, a time when he would become more accustomed to life in England and to the Championship.

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