Steve Bruce has been very astute in the transfer market and all his young players will improve while under their manager’s tutelage, says Niall Quinn.
Hull have gone exclusively British with their signings this summer, snapping up Scotland internationals Robert Snodgrass and Andrew Robertson, as well English starlets Tom Ince, Jake Livermore and Harry Maguire.
Sky Sports pundit Quinn thinks that business will not only help The Tigers build on their 2013/14 campaign, in which they finished 16th in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final, but also speed up the progress of the KC Stadium new boys.
“Steve has put a group of guys together who have started to do really good things but he really wanted to add to it,” said Quinn, who appointed Bruce as Sunderland manager in 2009.
“There is a danger that if he flooded that with foreign imports, who are sometimes on far more money than the others, it wouldn’t quite gel and would disrupt the harmony of the group.
“So he is giving chances to young British players who he knows he can fit into the dressing room and his system, and they are buying into him and view him as a father figure.
“I know Steve quite well and he is very witty and can share a joke, but he is tough when the time calls for it, so all these young players will see their careers jump at Hull.”
Snodgrass, a £6million acquisition from Norwich, injured his knee on his Hull debut against QPR and has been ruled out for six months, but countryman Robertson has already become a key component for the club.
The 20-year-old left-sider impressed at Queen’s Park and Dundee United in his homeland prior to heading south, and Quinn says he is in no doubt that last term’s PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year will adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.
“Left-backs don’t often stand out on a football pitch but this lad does,” said Quinn.
“He has got presence, a lovely left foot and the pace to buccaneer forward and breeze past defenders, but he can also get tackles in, is solid and is not outdone by any trickery.
“It is a big change for the lad from Scotland, though, so he will have to acclimatise to that but I think he has the enthusiasm and ability to get through.”
Robertson and his Hull colleagues had to settle for a point at home to Stoke on Sunday, however, after Potters defender Ryan Shawcross bundled in an 83rd-minute leveller.
Shawcross’ strike, which cancelled out Nikica Jelavic’s opener (42), was set-up by former Barcelona, Roma and AC Milan star Bojan after the winger entered the fray as a first-half substitute.
Sky Sports’ Dwight Yorke is surprised to see Bojan with Mark Hughes’ men after beginning his career at the Camp Nou, but he applauded the Catalan-born trickster for making the move.
“It is a mystery to everyone to see Bojan at Stoke when he seemed destined for greatness, but it shows that Hughes has serious contacts and that the lad wants to play,” said Yorke.
“He is now in the very tough and challenging Premier League but he has a great opportunity and has shown glimpses in the past of being world class.”