Both Leeds and Hull had fairly lacklustre campaigns in the Championship last season, finishing 13th and 18th respectively.
Despite the bright start by The Peacocks, they fell away throughout the season, while Hull largely struggled throughout.
Leeds have new manager Marcelo Bielsa, who joined during the summer, whereas Nigel Adkins joined Hull midway through last season. Both are entering their first full season with their clubs, and both made moves for strikers over the summer. Leeds signed Patrick Bamford, while Hull signed Chris Martin.
Both players are starting at a new club, so let’s compare these two transfers…
Leeds signed Bamford from Middlesbrough in a deal that could rise to £10m. It is hard to believe that the once Chelsea hopeful could be going for such a low amount, but that is the way that his career has gone.
After two seasons at Middlesbrough, he failed to make the same impact that he made on The Boro when on loan in 2014/15, and Tony Pulis clearly did not see him as part of his plans.
The same has happened at Leeds, where Marcelo Bielsa has favoured Kemar Roofe before Bamford sustained a long-term knee injury in September, having not managed to score in the league.
While there is still hope that Bamford will develop, for now this cannot be seen as the greatest transfer of the window.
A key element to this transfer was the fact that The Whites managed to sign the striker from their title rivals. However, the fact that Middlesbrough were willing to let the player go says something about how they viewed him.
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Hull made a late loan deal with Derby for striker Martin on deadline day, after the club had made a fairly mediocre start to the season.
In truth, the striker hasn’t improved the club’s fortunes yet. Adkins’ men still sit near the bottom of the table and Martin is yet to register a goal for the club. While he is only expected to improve as he grown accustomed to his new club, it hasn’t worked so far.
Being a loan deal, he only has a finite time to impress at Hull, and he has got off to a bad start.
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Looking at these two transfers, it is always easier to favour the permanent signing as opposed to the loan. This is particularly true when the loan is yet to fire for the club he has signed for.
Bamford, being 25, still has a lot of potential, making him a potential long term investment for the Leeds.
Ultimately, while neither player’s career at their new club has started that well, the fact that Leeds are doing so much better in the Championship could be an indication of each player’s affect on their club. While that may be a stretch, the nature of the deals means that Bamford comes out on top in this battle.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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