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Hull City facing relegation battle

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It was an unlikely feature of Hull City's season to be fighting a relegation battle as admitted by many pundits subsequent to a courageous FA Cup final defeat in May 2014 but Steve Bruce has a huge mountain to climb if he wants his side to maintain Premier League status next season.

But the statistics aren't speaking positively ahead of the final few months in the league.

The Tigers have taken just 59 points since the start of last season which is the lowest out of any Premier League team in that period.

Injury crisis

And luck certainly isn't swinging in the favour of Hull. Just as they thought their injury crisis couldn't possibly worsen, they lost key defender James Chester in a dismal 3-0 away defeat to West Ham United on Sunday which rules him out for ten weeks.

The Welsh international joins an ever growing list to bring the injury count into double figures at the club. Robbie Brady, Robert Snodgrass, Mo Diame, Sone Aluko, Gaston Ramirez, Andy Robertson, Liam Rosenior, Abel Hernandez, Joe Dudgeon and Nikica Jelavic are all nursing injuries.

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Fans' view

So, with such a crisis, I asked three Hull City season pass holders that attend Wyke Sixth Form College in the city for their thoughts on the future status of the club.

Adam Crook explained: "I don't think we have enough chemistry to stay up this season and luck isn't going in our way with injuries."

Katie Houldridge said: "We probably won't stay up this season because we aren't playing well enough in terms of going forward.

"We definitely need a striker, presumably Adnan Januzaj, who can score the goals to keep us up. If we play like we did against Everton, we should be ok though."

On the other hand, another fan who wishes to remain anonymous offered different views.

"Yes I think we'll stay up but I'm not 100% confident of that," he commented. "We've certainly got the squad, it's just injuries pulling us back.

"We need to bring in new players definitely and maybe even call up some youth players to give them a chance because we're running low."

He added: "I'd like to see Aaron Lennon at the club."

Hull facing relegation scrap

However, on Tuesday morning, Tottenham slapped a red-hot and almost untouchable £10 million on the winger.

It's going to be a real struggle for Hull this season. They still have to play all of the big teams, mainly at home, but with so many injuries I cannot see them winning many more games.

With just four wins all season it's a worrying statistic and the only way to improve that is by bringing in more quality throughout January. A striker is absolutely essential and the latest link, Rudy Gestede, has been ruled out due to such a high price tag.

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