Wigan Athletic defender Maynor Figueroa has reunited with his former boss Steve Bruce at Hull City.
The Tigers boss was looking to strengthen his side with defensive reinforcements in the form of a goalkeeper, a left-back and a centre-back.
Bruce, who previously managed Sunderland in the top flight, was the one who brought Figueroa to the English Premier League.
The 30-year-old Honduras international was one of the vital cogs in Wigan's FA Cup-winning side. Even though he missed the finals due to an injury, his performances in the left wing-back/left centre-back role prior to that were vital in Wigan’s success in a 3-5-2 formation.
The versatile defender is equally comfortable while playing as a left-back or as a centre-back and is famous for his 50-yard goal that he scored with a quick free-kick against Stoke City.
He knows the methodologies of Bruce from their earlier stint and was eager to reunite with his former boss. Bruce identified him as one of the key men who will help to implement his plans on the field which will help them to Premier League survival.
Figueroa boasts the experience and the ability to marshal the Tigers troops. He will be expected to get them out of trouble in precarious situations with his intelligence and experience.
Hull City are planning a defensive overhaul to prepare the team for the Premier League challenge. Birmingham City defender Curtis Davies is expected to join Figueroa soon to strengthen their hopes of survival.
Figueroa’s brilliant goal against Stoke City gives him the hype, but he is good defender rather than a goalscorer. In his 148 appearances for Wigan, he found the back of net only three times, which attest the facts that he got the playing time due to his defensive contributions.
He is also known for his accurate left foot, powerful shots which can be handy in dead-ball situations. His long throw-ins will also be a welcome addition to the Tigers armoury apart from his defensive skills.
The signing of Figueroa is expected to steady the ship for newcomers Hull City. With vital experience in his bag, he will be one of the leaders in the Tigers fight for survival.
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