Hull City

Slutsky – All Of Our New Players Add Something Extra

06 September 2017
Head Coach Leonid Slutsky is looking forward to working with an enhanced group of players as the Tigers return to action following the international break.

Slutsky added five new faces to his squad in the final days of the summer transfer window as Stephen Kingsley, Jon Toral, Nouha Dicko, Jackson Irvine and Fikayo Tomori all joined the Club, and Slutsky is backing them all to settle in well as he prepares his side for Friday night’s trip to Derby County.

“We have to adapt as quickly as possible and bring the new players into line with our philosophies and principals,” said Slutsky.

“Each player that has joined us is really of a good level, but each player now needs time to adapt. Really, there is not a lot of time because we now start to play every three or four days but we are happy to work.

“I am very happy that the transfer window is now closed. It was a difficult time with a lot of negotiations, not knowing who might stay and who might go, and who might come here and who might not.

“Now I understand who is here with us and we carry on now in a difficult competition like the Championship.”

While Kingsley and Toral have already had a brief taste of action in a black and amber shirt after substitute appearances in the 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers, Dicko, Irvine and Tomori will all be pushing for a first inclusion at Pride Park on Friday and Slutsky feels they can all add important elements to his squad.

“Dicko has qualities, some very specific qualities, and so we have to play on his strengths,” continued Slutsky.

“We understand how he can play and as a coach, my target now is to show his strengths.

“Irvine is a versatile midfielder who can play as a number ten or as a number eight. For Burton Albion he played closer to the attack, but for his national team he plays closer to the defence.

“He had unbelievable statistics for Burton last season with ten goals and I am sure his quality will be very good for us.

“Tomori played for Brighton for the second half of last season and played nine matches, which was good for him at his age. In the summer he won the World Cup with England’s under-20 team and now he has a very serious motivation to develop and get his chance when he goes back to Chelsea.

“He can play as a central defender or as a right back and it was important that we added some players to our defensive line. Tomori is a very good player with very good potential. He is ready to play and I know that Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager) has a very high opinion about him. I am sure he will be a very good player for us this season.”