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Hull City need presence up front

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Bruce has been frustrated by Hull's lack of presence up front (©GettyImages)
Bruce has been frustrated by Hull's lack of presence up front (©GettyImages).

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has continued to press claims that his side are in desperate need of a prolific premiership goalscorer, and will no doubt take this orthodoxy into January with the transfer window.

He managed to capture Yannick Sagbo from Evian Thonon and also Danny Graham on loan from Bruce's former employers Sunderland. Bruce also re-signed Egyptian striker Gedo back on loan from Al Ahly after he scored five goals in 12 games at the end of last campaign during his first loan spell at the club.

Sagbo has featured in four of Hull City's six opening games, with Graham featuring in them all. Neither have managed to score although Graham did have the ball in the back of the net against Manchester City only to have his goal ruled out for offside. Gedo has yet to feature in any Hull City games this season.

The only other striking options Hull City have is Nick Proschwitz, who scored in their cup win against Huddersfield, he is yet to feature in Hull's Premier League campaign. Bruce has loaned out striker Matty Fryatt (who now has two in two in the Championship) to Sheffield Wednesday and has also hinted at the pending departure of Aaron McLean.

Steve Bruce's summer transfer window was marred by the misfortune he had with signing real quality in the attacking position after he failed to sign Burnley's Charlie Austin, Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes and the time issue over West Brom's Shane Long on deadline day proved to be the final straw for Bruce meaning he has to wait until January to find a leading goalscorer.

To add to Bruce's attacking issues, top scorer Robbie Brady (with three league goals and four in total) has been ruled out for a month after the Hull City medical staff confirmed he has to undergo a hernia operation.

With the only other goalscorers being defender and skipper Curtis Davies, attacking midfielder Sone Aluko and Egyptian winger Ahmed El Mohamaday, Bruce must look for a real source of goals during Brady's absence to provide Hull City with results (which he has at current as they sit at 8th).

Bruce must sign carefully and promptly in January in order to solve his limited attacking options, as he has already managed to cement the goalkeeping positon with Allan McGregor, a commanding centre-half with Curtis Davies and a fluent passing midfielder with Tom Huddlestone. He just needs the final piece of the jigsaw to survive.

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