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How did Hull City do in the window?

Ins and Outs

Players in: Jake Livermore (Tottenham, £8m), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich, £7m), Tom Ince (Blackpool, tribunal), Karim Rossi (Stoke, free), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5m), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85m). Michael Dawson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Abel Hernandez (Palermo, undisclosed), Brian Lenihan (Cork City, undisclosed), Mohamed Diame (West Ham, undisclosed), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton, loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle, loan)

Players out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, free), Joe Dudgeon (Barnsley, loan), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Robert Koren (released), Mark Oxley (Hibernian, loan), Shane Long (Southampton, undisclosed), George Boyd (Burnley, undisclosed)

Summing up the window

Most Hull City fans probably felt that manager Steve Bruce already had a squad capable of competing in the Premier League -- a little light in some areas, notably up front, but in generally decent shape. What happened on the final day signings were permitted was therefore something of a surprise: £10m on Uruguayan international Hernández was perhaps not a total shock, though seeing City pay that sum of money for the first time in their history still produced a whistling-through-your-teeth sort of noise.

Adding Ben Arfa, who can infuriate and amaze in equal measure, was unexpected (and hasn't gone down well on Tyneside). Ramírez was a £12m player just two summers ago and has evident class, while Diamé can only add to the Tigers' midfield options.

Exit-wise, there are probably fewer departing than anticipated. Long left a few weeks ago for a fee widely thought to favour City over Southampton, while Boyd's departure to Burnley is understandable and £3m a fair price.

City have spent big, very big for a club of their resources. On the field, it can only benefit the manager, though there are those who'll wonder quite how affordable this shopping spree is. The jury is out on that for now - all we know is that this is by far the best Hull City squad of all time. 8/10.

Best piece of business?

In terms of value and potential, the sub-£3m paid for Robertson from Dundee United already looks a steal -- he could be worth many times that in years to come, a flying full-back to really enthuse and excite supporters. However, the signing of Dawson is a real coup for Bruce. An international-quality defender still at the height of his powers, with masses of experience and a model professional to boot, it's the sort of signing that signals just how far the club has come.

Once again Hull City boss Steve Bruce was active in the transfer window in adding several notable names.
Once again Hull City boss Steve Bruce was active in the transfer window in adding several notable names.

Worst piece of business?

Even though it's not his fault, Snodgrass. Stricken with injury in the first league game of the season, he probably won't be seen in black and amber until 2015-16 now. A great pity.

What remaining issues are there?

For a club striving to establish itself in the top flight, there is little else that any City fan could realistically hope for. It must be hoped that Hernández and Nikica Jelavić gel quickly, as the iffy form of Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo combined with Boyd's departure leave Bruce not overburdened with attacking options.

Who can help in January?

Every single football fan in the world will say this about their team, but one more forward would be nice, just to cover injuries/suspensions/loss of form. Fraizer Campbell's time at City ended a little sourly -- perhaps he fancies a kissing and making up?

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