BARGAIN BUY DUO DOING IT AT HULL
HULL’S position at the top of the Championship is no surprise. The Tigers boast a formidable squad.
Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are Premier League players. Abel Hernandez is an international team-mate of Luis Suarez. Michael Dawson played for England and in the Champions League.
Yet, for all the caps and medals, it’s Hull’s bargain left flank that really catches the eye.
Two years ago, 21year-old Andy Robertson was an amateur player in the Scottish second division, paying subs and cleaning his own kit.
Sam Clucas, ditched by Lincoln City, was playing in the Conference for cashstrapped Hereford after a stint at Glenn Hoddle’s academy.
Now, they are the Championship’s most lethal partnership, a carefree, cavalier combination of pace and power that, last weekend, tore a very good Middlesbrough side to shreds.
Together, their transfer fees amount to £4m, hardly small change. Yet both will be sold for a fortune (Arsenal were quoted £20m for Robertson) and, when you consider that Boro paid £5.5m for an ageing, increasingly immobile Stewart Downing, it is clear which of the promotion-chasers got the best deal.
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