Hull City's XI if they kept their best players including Bowen and Robertson
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Hull City's XI if they kept their best players including Bowen and Robertson

Jarrod Bowen may be knocking on the door for an England call-up, but it was only two years ago that the winger was the star man for Hull City.

West Ham United paid the Tigers £20m-plus to sign the talented left-footer on the last day of the January transfer window in 2020.

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Since then, the 25-year-old has gone from strength to strength and from 47 Hammers matches this season, Bowen has 16 goals and 11 assists to his name.

With Bowen hoping to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, we take a look at what Hull City’s side could have looked like if they retained the players that previously represented the club…

Peter Gulacsi

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The Hungarian goalkeeper made 15 Championship appearances for the Yorkshire-based side in the 2011/12 campaign.

In July 2013, Gulacsi joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg on a free transfer from Liverpool before moving to Leipzig two years later.

The 31-year-old has made 270 appearances for Leipzig and has 66 European appearances to his name.

Ola Aina

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The former Chelsea youngster spent a season on loan with the Tigers in 2017/18 and Aina made 46 appearances for Hull City under a combination of Nigel Adkins and Leonid Slutski.

The Nigerian international joined Serie A side Torino on a permanent deal in the summer of 2019 and he spent last season on loan at Fulham.

Aina has been back with Torino this campaign and has made 19 Serie A appearances.

Fikayo Tomori

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Alongside his former Chelsea teammate Aina, Tomori also spent the 2017/18 campaign with Hull.

The two-time England international made 26 appearances for the Tigers before joining Frank Lampard at Derby County on loan the following season.

After joining Italian giants AC Milan on loan in January last year, the Rossoneri made the deal permanent last summer.

In his first full season in Italy, the 24-year-old is on the cusp of helping Milan win their first Serie A title in 11 years.

Harry Maguire

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Maguire made 75 appearances for Hull and had one full season in the Premier League before Leicester City came calling.

The England international had two seasons at the King Power Stadium before Manchester United signed the centre-halve for a world-record £80m.

United’s club captain has endured a difficult season and he’ll be hoping to prove his worth to new manager Erik ten Hag ahead of next season.

Andy Robertson

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Still the best left-back in Europe, the flying Scotsman remains a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side and his consistency since leaving Hull in 2017 has been remarkable.

Signed for £10m, Robertson represents unbelievable value for money and its testament to Liverpool’s recruitment team and Klopp’s coaching for developing the 28-year-old.

Robertson made 115 appearances for Hull after joining for £2.85m from Dundee United in 2014.

Jake Livermore

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After spending the 2013/14 season on loan in Yorkshire from Tottenham and helping Hull reach the FA Cup final, the all-action midfielder joined the Tigers on a permanent deal.

The seven-time England international spent three-and-a-half seasons with Hull before joining West Brom in January 2017.

The 32-year-old made 144 appearances for Hull.

Isaac Hayden

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The former Arsenal youngster spent the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Hull where he made 24 appearances under Steve Bruce.

In the summer of 2016, Hayden joined Newcastle United on a permanent deal and the former England Under-21 international has been based in Tyneside ever since.

Jarrod Bowen

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The aforementioned Bowen has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season and his stock has risen dramatically.

The right-winger scored 54 goals from 134 games for Hull City and he’s carried that impressive goalscoring form into the top-flight.

With the Qatar World Cup due to start in six months time, Bowen will be hoping for an opportunity to stake his claim to Southgate.

Harry Wilson

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The Welshman was only at the KCOM Stadium for four months in 2018 but Wilson certainly left an impression.

From 13 Championship games, the creative midfielder scored seven goals and provided four assists.

Similar to Tomori, Wilson linked up with Lampard at Derby the following campaign and scored 18 goals as the Rams reached the Championship play-off final.

The former Liverpool man joined Fulham on a permanent deal last summer and he’ll be back in the Premier League next year as Marco Silva’s side were crowned Championship winners.

The 25-year-old has been in influential form this season with 10 goals and 20 assists from 41 Championship matches, and he was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season.

Keane Lewis-Potter

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The only current Hull City player to have a place in our side, the England Under-21 international could follow in Bowen’s footsteps and excel in the Premier League.

In fact, Bowen and Lewis-Potter could be reunited together at the London Stadium with The Athletic reporting that the Hammers are set to open talks over a deal for the talented left-winger.

In his first full season in the Championship, the 21-year-old has scored 11 goals and provided four assists from 45 Championship matches this season.

Abel Hernandez

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Hull City signed Uruguay striker Hernandez from Italian side Palermo for a club-record £10m fee in June 2018.

Prior to arriving to Yorkshire, the South American had helped Palermo get promoted to Serie A with 14 goals from 28 games.

Hernandez scored 39 goals in 110 appearances for Hull and it was in the Championship where the left-footer particularly shined.

He scored 28 goals from 49 Championship matches before leaving to join CSKA Moscow on a free transfer in August 2018. Hernandez finished his last season with the Tigers by scoring eight goals from 10 games, having missed six months with an Achilles injury.

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