Scouting report: Hull

We've taken a closer look at the Tigers ahead of tonight's FA Cup clash at Stamford Bridge...




Nigel Adkins. The former Southampton and Reading boss took over at the KC Stadium earlier this season, following the departure of Leonid Slutsky in December. The Tigers are finding life back in the Championship tough and currently sit just one point and one place above the relegation zone. Adkins will be up against it on Friday though, with the possibility of being without 11 first-team players for the trip to west London. 

Key player

Kamil Grosicki. The Polish international is a dangerous opponent due to his creativity on the ball and his ability to unlock defences with key passes. The midfielder arrived on Humberside on deadline day in January 2017, joining from French side Rennes, and impressed despite the Tigers’ eventual relegation from the Premier League. Has been out through injury recently, but could be set for a return at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening. 

Recent form

The Tigers come into this game on the back of an impressive 2-0 away victory at Nottingham Forest, thanks to goals from Jon Toral and January addition, Harry Wilson. It was also Forest that Hull defeated in the last round to set up Friday’s fifth round clash, defeating Aitor Karanka’s men 2-1 on Humberside. However, the Tigers will be without their three Chelsea defenders – Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori – due to the terms of their loans. 

One to watch

Jarrod Bowen. The striker is Hull’s top scorer with 13 goals to his name so far this season and causes problems in the final third with his ability to sniff out chances. The 20-year-old was a reported January target for Premier League sides Swansea and Brighton, however the Tigers managed to retain the services of their leading scoring and will be hoping his goals can stave off relegation to League One.  

Special mention

Ryan Mason. Usually here we would report on a player that has worn the badge of both Hull and Chelsea, but instead we will use this space to pass on our best wishes to Ryan Mason, who has sadly had to retire from professional football at the age of 26 through injury. Ryan suffered the injury at Stamford Bridge and everybody at Chelsea wishes him well in his future career.