Last season, Steve Bruce described Hull City forward Sone Aluko as the best player in the Championship. This is a very high complement from the Hull manager but, after Aluko's early seasons performances, he deserved it. In fact, back in 2008, when Aluko was playing for Aberdeen, manager, Jimmy Calderwood spoke out about how Aluko will be a great player of the future.
The Nigerian has become a fan favourite at the KC stadium because he has a great set of skills. With the pace of a sprinter and the dribbling of Ronaldinho, he played an instrumental part in Hull's surprising automatic promotion last season.
However, unfortunately for Aluko, he was injured from last January until the season finished after needing surgery on a recurring ankle problem. But now he is back and likely to feature prominently in an underestimated Hull City team.
Aluko can play as a winger or a forward and as shown in pre-season, he has begun a strong partnership with new Hull signing Yannick Sagbo. To help the partnership, Aluko has voluntarily began to learn French to communicate with the Ivorian Sagbo. Fellow new signing Tom Huddlestone will also assist Aluko with decent performances after the player looked lively against Chelsea.
Huddlestone will be able to pick out a few good passes to put Aluko into good goalscoring positions. It was apparent on Sunday that Chelsea had done their homework on Aluko, as throughout the match Ashley Cole marked the winger very tightly, making it hard for Aluko to stand out. But in the first half there were glimpses of his pace and skill.
Aluko has made a great impression wherever he has played his entertaining football. In his brief year at Rangers, he scored 12 goals in 21 appearances. These goals ranged from spectacular free kicks to 'Messi-like' individual goals.
It will be interesting to see how Aluko progresses this season in the Premier League. Expect the Nigerian to provide Hull City fans will something to smile about.
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