Steve Bruce has turned Hull into a tough mid-table team in the Premier League; picking up some crucial points that could see the Tigers escape relegation with ease.

Hull City currently sit in 9th place behind title holders Manchester United on goal difference and on current form look like they could finish their season in the same spot.

Steve Bruce has been a magician in the transfer window with key signings such as midfield duo Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and striking pair Yannick Sagbo and Danny Graham who is on loan from Bruce's former club Sunderland.

The start of the could not have been anymore difficult with a trip to London to mark Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea. Two quick goals in the first half gave Chelsea the win they needed, however Hull sharpened up in the second half to show that they belong in the top league and show what they are capable of.

The second half display would then continue in the following games, with Bruce's charges claiming wins against Norwich, Newcastle and West Ham along with a draw against Aston Villa at home.

Even former champions Manchester City struggled early on with Hull close to going ahead on two occasions at the Etihad before the Citizens could claw a 2-0 win against the Tigers.

Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, was full of praise for the Tigers for performing extremely well in their return to the top league.

"Hull have had a good start and no one speaks of them as a newly-promoted side any more."

Martinez spoke ahead of their league game against Steve Bruce's side, a game which saw Everton come out 2-1 victors in a fixture jam-packed full of controversy.

Of course it is only early on in the season and nothing is guaranteed just yet, but with their current form and with the experience of the man at the helm, Hull City look a safe bet to remain in the Premier League for another season.


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