If there’s anything the start of this Premier League campaign has taught us, it’s that we’re in for a season of surprise.
Whilst the top of the table has leveled out pretty predictably with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United occupying the top three places, it’s the side sat in fifth that have surprised everyone thus far.
Hull City, whom everyone thought would implode after the departure of Steve Bruce have kicked on and used the bad press to their advantage. They’ve had solid wins against Leicester City and Swansea City and are through to the third round of the cup too – pretty good for a side who were written off from the get go.
And one of the most impressive signings they’ve made this summer is Will Keane, who they’ve managed to bring in from Manchester United. He was once one of the most highly rated players in their academy but it just hasn’t happened for him at Old Trafford, and he will hope to kick on at the KCOM Stadium.
Many Tigers’ supporters believe he could be the man to carry on their impressive charge, and we think we agree too.
So with that in mind, here’s three reasons Will Keane can be successful at Hull City…
— Hull City (@HullCity) August 30, 2016
As youth players go, Will Keane really was one of the best United have ever seen. Whilst development squad and reserve squad football is often overlooked, many United fans can recall Keane’s hat-trick in the semi-final of the 2011 Youth Cup. He bagged three against Chelsea at Old Trafford and United eventually went on to win the trophy. Many supporters cite that moment as the best of the of the tournament.
The next season, he scored four in a game against Newcastle United, showing the goals are there – Hull just need to find a way of getting them out of him.
Manchester United’s new super-star signing Paul Pogba played with Keane during their youth years together, but it was the Englishman that grabbed the headlines. Whilst Paul Pogba was always a constant driving force in the middle of the park, it was always Keane who scored the goals.
He outshone the likes of Ravel Morrison back in those days too, and there’s real feeling that he’s going to be a late bloomer. Whilst it’s more novelty than modern-day truth, Will Keane was once looked more favorably upon than Paul Pogba.
A knee ligament injury suffered whilst he was on England U-19 duty in June 2012 ground his career to a rather abrupt halt. Up until then, everything had been going well for Keane but this was the most cruel of lessons to learn.
He’d made his first-team debut six months before but after that only loan stints and reserve team action ensued, and that now brings us to today. If there is anyone who left United with a point to prove it’s Will Keane, and there are many hoping he’ll have success at the KCOM Stadium.