The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

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.

RATED: Abel Her­nan­dez

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