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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Allam key for Hull as Bruce allowed to spend the brass

Aiming high: Steve Bruce has spent �6m on new players

Aiming high: Steve Bruce has spent �6m on new players

  • by Paul Thompson Sheffield Wednesday
 

HULL City are reaping the benefits of backing from their millionaire chairman and owner Assem Allam.

He is an Egypt-born businesssman who settled in Yorkshire many years ago and took over the Tigers in December, 2010.

Manager Steve Bruce has been able to bring in more than £6 million worth of players since he replaced Nick Barmby last summer.

Ex-Sheffield United boss Bruce has made his team into strong challengers for promotion, and they will be looking for a 10th league and cup game without defeat when they face Wednesday tomorrow,

Bruce this month has signed two loan stars on full transfers: Sunderland midfield player David Meyler, who is believed to have cost around £1.5m, and Manchester United left-wing-back Robbie Brady, whose price tag is understood to have been around £2m.

In July, the Hull boss signed German striker Nick Proschwitz for £2.6m.

But Allam’s overall investment in revitalising the Tigers and their infrastructure is said to have been around £50m.

Bruce utilised his squad for last week’s home FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient, making nine changes, and they very nearly came a cropper, needing an injury-time equaliser by Proschwitz to earn a replay against League One opposition.

Tomorrow the Tigers chief may change all of his outfield players, and go back broadly to the line-up that beat Leeds 2-0 on December 29 and could have won by more.

Although Bruce fielded a 4-4-2 system in his team’s 1-0 win at Hillsborough in October, he has done this on only a few occasions this season.

He favours 3-5-2, with former Blades star Stephen Quinn one of three central midfield players; he and Meyler play slightly in front of a holding midfield player, Corry Evans.

The front pairing is Robert Koren and eight-goal top scorer Sone Aluko.

Right-wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady could return after missing two games with a calf strain but if he is not fit then Liam Rosenior may play.

Bruce is one of the nominations for the Championship Manager of the Month award for December, thanks to a haul of 16 points from a possible 18 as his team surged into the top two.

The Tigers beat Forest, Watford, Huddersfield, Derby and Leeds, and drew with Leicester.

The other nominees are Mick McCarthy, for the revival inspired by him at Ipswich, and Malky Mackay, whose title challenge with Cardiff was aided in December by a hard-fought 1-0 win against Wednesday in the first game of the month.

The award winner, chosen by a Football League panel, will be announced by the League today.

 

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