I decided to start up a career mode again since games are back and I am in the FIFA mood. I am trying a new start, I picked a Championship side after simulating to February 2020 and found a team that I am interested in and needs help. Hull City is in a relegation battle so they should be a fun challenge.
Difficulty: Ultimate with OS sliders
Transfers will be realistic as I can make them. Same with youth players.
Hull City sits 23rd in the table with 12 matches remaining. The squad is unhappy with issues in the clubhouse and on the pitch. Club captain, Eric Lichaj, demanded a transfer in January leaving StlDucks without a captain among his other new issues.
Hull City did bring in one transfer in the last window, Jonathan Leko. Leko is a 20-year-old striker that like many of his teammates is unhappy with management and has already sent a frustrated message to his new gaffer.
Stlducks has made his first decision at the club, naming defender Jordy de Wijs the new club captain. de Wijs is a 25-year-old defender from the Netherlands. Coming through the ranks at PSV before joining Hull City in 2018.
"I am honored to be named captain and will do my best to lead this team through my examples on and off the pitch."
I'm sure he does unless we gain promotion in a year or two..
The second match for Stlducks is against Leeds United. Hull City have a chance to move out of the relegation zone with a win and a Barnsley loss this weekend. With this match being only three days after the Barnsley win, Hull has been forced into major lineup changes.
Everyone but Long and de Wijs have been rotated giving Magennis and Scott their first chance to start together up top. Toral has been handed a rare start after his transfer to leave Hull was finalized in January. Toral has committed himself to the team for the next four months but has decided to leave in the summer.
Hot start for Leeds United downs Hull City
Early goals from Helder Costa and Patrick Bamford were enough for Leeds United to earn the three points at KCOM Stadium and keep their position in fourth place. The Tigers looked lost in the opening 20 minutes against the Leeds pressure, Tafazolli and de Wijs being caught with the ball at their feet often leading to chances for the away side.
Stlducks made an adjustment with the score 2-0 at the half-hour mark to start playing long balls down the middle resulting in big chances for Magennis and Scott before the break. The chances did not lead to goals as Leeds withstood the pressure leading in the half.
Early in the second half momentum swung again as Leeds held possession to slow the game down and control their lead. The tactic worked, keeping Hull to two second-half attempts leaving the home fans wanting.
The loss, mixed with a Barnsley draw at Stoke City drop Hull to 4 points from safety.
Hull earn big 3 points with a late penalty at Stoke City
Hull City move three points closer to safety with a 1-0 win at the Bet365 stadium. After a scoreless first half, Herbie Kane was brought down in the box to earn his side a penalty in the 55th minute. Marcus Maddison stepped up and calmly drilled the penalty into the bottom left corner to give the Tigers the lead.
Stoke City was held to four attempts on target all match as they lost their first match at home in over two months.
Everyone in the bottom 4 lost but me in the last round. I will post the table next.
We have a very good schedule to finish the season, only West Brom remaining from the top teams. Playing Middlesbrough, Wigan, Luton, and Millwall in the month.
Major blow for Hull City, the captain is out 4-5 months with ACL injury
A big injury hit for Hull City as the Tigers fight to survive in the Championship. Captain, Jordy de Wijs has been ruled out for the season and potentially the start of next season with an ACL injury. The loss leaves Hull with Ryan Tafazolli (66 ovr), Matt Pennington (69), Robbie McKenzie (65), Sean McLoughlin (65), and Lewis Ritson (59) to pick from to partner with Reece Burke (71).
de Wijs will finish his season appearing in 25 games including 5 clean sheets and scoring 1 goal. It has not been a great season on the pitch for de Wijs but off the pitch, he has recently been named captain under new manager Stlducks.
Hull City beat Middlesbrough for the second time this season moving them 11 points clear of Boro in the relegation zone. The win keeps Hull City two points ahead of Barnsley who is in the last relegation spot. As things stand now, with six matches remaining Hull City (33), Barnsley (31), Preston (33), Wigan (33), and Birmingham (35) are battling to stay out of the final drop spot in the table.
At the top of the table, Fulham and Nottingham Forest have secured promotion to the Premier League. Both teams are 19 points clear of the third position with 18 points to play for.
Stlducks has promoted his first group of academy players to the senior squad. All three players will be listed for a loan for next season. 17-year-old Marcus Bell has a chance to stay with the senior squad due to so many departures this summer. If Hull cannot bring in enough players for midfield, Bell will be called upon.
Another injury blow for Hull, Jackson Irvine will miss the remainder of the season with a torn quadriceps. Irvine was the starting defensive midfielder since Stlducks arrived and is set to join Feyenoord at seasons end on a free transfer. Jackson has appeared in 38 matches in all comps this season with a 6.2 average match rating.
Points left: 12
Promoted: Fulham, Nottingham Forest
Playoff confirmed: Stoke City, Brentford
Playoff likely: West Brom, Leeds United
Relegated confirmed: none
Relegated likely: Middlesbrough, Luton Town
The table it nearly set for relegation and the playoff bracket with only a few spots remaining. The most exciting and interesting battle left is who will avoid the final relegation position. Assuming, Luton Town and Middlesbrough are relegated (10 points back with 12 left to play) that leaves one relegation spot for one of Hull City, Wigan Athletic, Barnsley, Preston, and Birmingham City.
We will say Charlton Athletic is safe for the time being, a four-point cushion between them and the 22nd position. The 18 to 22 positions are only two points apart with the remaining schedule below.
Birmingham City - @ Stoke (3), v. Charlton (17), @ Preston (19), v Derby (12)
Preston - v Nott'm Forest (2), @ Brentford (4), v Birmingham (18), @ Bristol City (13)
Barnsley - v Wigan (21), @ Leeds (6), v Nott'm Forest (2), @ Brentford (4)
Wigan - @ Barnsley (20), v Hull (22), @ Charlton (17), v Fulham (1)
Hull City - v Millwall (16), @ Wigan (21), v Luton (24), @ Cardiff (9)
A rotated squad for Hull City hosting Millwall. The defensive approach makes you wonder if Stlducks would be happy with a draw in this match to rest starters for the more winnable matches upcoming against direct relegation contenders. A win for Hull City today would move them up to 20th in the table, the highest position they would be in since Stlducks took over. Preston and Barnsley have already played and lost their week 43 match.
"Slip sliding away, slip sliding away
You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away"