Still a first team future for Jimmy at Hull? (©PAphotos)
by Dave Batte
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For Hull City, the international break could not come soon enough, as a disappointing start to the season has see the Tigers record just one win from their opening four league games and crash out of the Carling Cup to League One side Brentford.
On top of that manager Nigel Pearson has been in hospital suffering with chest pains and was forced to miss the away defeat at Doncaster.
It is in defence that City have looked the weakest this season, nine goals conceded in the last three away games tells its own story and City have struggled to field a steady back four. Summer signing Noberto Solano has found life tough so far at right back and when Paul McShane was looking the answer to the that problem he picked up an injury.
Too many times the Tigers have given away goals through carelessness and defensive short-comings and badly need to instil some confidence into the fragile back four. Gerrard comes with a reputation as a no-nonsense defender who likes to organise those around him and sounds exactly what City need at present.
Whilst he has not featured regularly for Cardiff this season he comes with a point to prove and hopefully can bring a calm to those around him at the back.
The position with Jimmy Bullard is now clearer. With the transfer window shut, Adam Pearson has said Bullard will now be considered for first team action.
Bullard will vie with the likes of Robert Koren, Tom Cairney and Ian Ashbee for a central midfield role and there is no doubt that a fully fit, focused Bullard will be a huge asset for City as they try to consolidate in the Championship. Nigel Pearson has the task of deciding how soon he will bring Bullard back into the side.
Nick Barmby has provided good support from the bench and earned himself a start at Doncaster where he duly found the net, but getting the best out of Simpson and a deeper lying Bostock looks the key for City in terms of goals in the short term.
Happily manager Nigel Pearson is out of hospital and will be back at work at the end of the week as he still looks to find the answers to the questions his team is posing.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.