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Will Man Utd man make it third time lucky for Hull’s forward hunt?

| 23.12.2014

Steve Bruce needs an injection of something, be it luck or new players, if he is to save his Hull career in 2015, with the Tigers in the middle of a 10-game winless run and fighting relegation as 6/5 third-favourites for the drop this term.

Back in the summer, Bruce would have rightly expected much more from his charges this season, having concluded what would have been widely regarded as the club’s best ever transfer window.

It has since transpired that not all of his signings have worked out, with Hatem Ben Arfa’s disappearance perhaps the mouldy cherry on top of a dry and stodgy cake that includes a rarely seen Gaston Ramirez and an inconsistent Abel Hernandez.

Clearly the former Manchester United skipper is after an attacking midfielder that can provide a bit of verve to the Tigers’ play, and it could be a case of third-time lucky when the January transfer window opens in a few weeks time.

At Bruce’s old club, Louis Van Gaal has admitted that young Belgian forward Adnan Januzaj could be loaned out once transfer dealings are permitted again, in order to get the new Man United number 11 some more regular playing time.

With the Dutchman splashing the cash on a wide array of attacking talent during his own transfer window, Januzaj has since found first-team playing time extremely difficult to come by.

Like Wilfried Zaha, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, the former Anderlecht youth could be farmed out to a Premier League side in order to oil his machinery for the second half of the season and Bruce could see the player as the perfect antidote to the Ramirez and Ben Arfa problem.

Able to play on either wing or in behind the striker, Januzaj is young enough and determined enough to have a far more positive effect on Hull’s fortunes, unlike the Frenchman who has abandoned the club midway through the season.

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Matt Wiggins

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