When you are a ‘smaller’ club you face many a problem. Securing your position in the league could be one, finances another but most managers will tell you they dread when a ‘big’ club comes knocking for one of their players. It has happened before and usually the club is powerless to stop it and it looks like this could be the case with Tom Cairney.
Whilst Liam Cooper and Mark Cullen are making strides at the club it is Cairney who has really grabbed the headlines in the past weeks, taking full advantage of the absence of players like Jimmy Bullard and Seyi Olofinjana. He shone against Wolves in his Premier League debut taking home the Man of the Match champers and then repeated the trick days later against Chelsea, helping Phil Brown’s team to an unexpected point.
The 19 year old upstaged the likes of Lampard and Ballack in the game as he has seamlessly adapted to life in football’s top flight but there is where the problem lies. Although he is helping Hull in their battle to stay in the Premiership his performances have brought him to the attention of the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham, according to the Mirror, and with Hull not being in the best financial shape, they could very well lose their man at the end of the season.
Brown realises just how important Cairney can be for the future and although he is already on an 18 month contract having signed professional terms at the start of the season, Brown is looking to extend his deal:
“Would I be interested in sitting down with Tom to discuss his future? Of course I would, but that’s something that we can take our time on, his contract runs until 2011. You look at Tom and he doesn’t look like the type of player who needs to have his feet kept on the ground at the moment. He’s taking it all in his stride. Tom has got a long-term future in the game and fingers crossed that will be with Hull City.”
Cairney has already displayed an eye for goal, scoring 7 minutes into his first team debut against Southend in the Carling Cup 2nd round but it is his technique on the ball, varying range of passing and ability to create time on the ball that impress. Beyond that, Cairney at just 19 has a confidence in his ability that belies his years and it is because he has this confidence that he is able to hold his own against top clubs like Chelsea and Man City.
It is clear that Cairney has a bright future in football, Phil Brown just hopes it is played out at the KC Stadium.