3 key Hull City play­ers who Sun­der­land must get to grips with to­mor­row

Sunderland Echo - - Sport - By Phil Smith philip.smith@jpress.co.uk @Phil__Smith

Sun­der­land take on a Hull City side that have lost five of their last six games in all com­pe­ti­tions to­mor­row.

The Tigers have faced many of the same is­sues as the Black Cats over the sum­mer, with fan un­rest at the own­er­ship of the club and a lack of heavy in­vest­ment in the play­ing squad leav­ing morale low.

They still pos­sess a real threat, how­ever, with these three play­ers cer­tain to test Si­mon Grayson’s side.

1 JAR­ROD BOWEN

The 20-year-old has made an ex­cel­lent start to the sea­son, named the EFL young player of the month, and is an even more im­por­tant player now that key striker Abel Her­nan­dez is in­jured.

Bowen is a lively player who can hurt teams from wide ar­eas or through the mid­dle, not un­like Sun­der­land’s Dun­can Wat­more in his en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm.

He al­ready has five goals to his name this sea­son.

2 KAMIL GROSICKI

The Pol­ish winger (pic­tured) went pub­lic with his anger at fail­ing to se­cure a move away from the club this sum­mer and so his com­mit­ment to the cause is per­haps a lit­tle bit ques­tion­able.

Nev­er­the­less, he showed un­der Marco Silva last sea­son that he has the pace and qual­ity to pick teams apart on the coun­ter­at­tack and re­mains a part of Leonid Slut­sky’s plans. Sun­der­land have strug­gled to shut teams down on the break and do­ing so will be cru­cial to suc­ceed­ing on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Put sim­ply, they can­not al­low Grosicki time or space on the ball.

3 STEPHEN KINGSLEY

A late foray into the trans­fer mar­ket saw Hull strengthen their mid­field with the sign­ings of Jan To­ral and Jack­son Irvine.

Both are su­perb play­ers at this level but are cur­rently work­ing to get up to speed and into the team. The Tigers also signed left-back Stephen Kingsley from Swansea City, a pow­er­ful and re­li­able player who was seen by many in South Wales as an un­der­rated per­former ought to be get­ting Pre­mier League min­utes.

Cal­lum McMana­man has made a solid start to his Sun­der­land ca­reer but will find Kingsley an as­tute op­po­nent. Get­ting the bet­ter of him will be key to Sun­der­land un­lock­ing their at­tack­ing po­ten­tial and get­ting some­thing from the game.

Jar­rod Bowen.

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