Hull City are rock bottom of the Championship table after a disastrous start to the season.
Their manager, Nigel Adkins, is now under pressure to turn it around. The former Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Sheffield United boss has been no stranger to chopping and changing his squad during his ten months at the KCOM Stadium but his decision to freeze out David Milinkovic and Jon Toral this season has been bizarre.
The 24 year-old winger joined Hull in the summer from Genoa having impressed on loan last season in the Scottish Premier League with Hearts. However, he has played twice in the Championship since his move and has not made the match day squad in the majority of league games.
He has not been given a chance by Adkins and at least deserves an appearance to show what he can do. Milinkovic could provide the spark in a game and a bit of inspiration. With a bit of confidence gained from actually playing a league game, he could be a useful player but leaving him at home is not going to do anything good for him.
His absence from the squad has been strange. The Spaniard has played just three games this season. Toral, who is 23 years-old, is a good player and can makes things happen. For a team who are in the relegation zone to have a player of his quality not even making the bench, questions have to be asked.
Toral moved to Hull in the summer of 2017 for a fee of around £3 million from Arsenal and showed glimpses of genuine quality last season. He scored in the Tigers’ League Cup fixture away to Sheffield United in August but has not had a look in since.
Nigel Adkins’ side need more of a creative spark and he has to give Milinkovic and Toral an opportunity to help lift Hull up the league table.