Hull City have won back-to-back games in the Championship and have given their fans hope of survival after a poor start to the season.
Two players who have been pivotal for the Tigers in this campaign have been loanees Tommy Elphick and Todd Kane. Here is why they can sign them on permanent deals next summer-
Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa)
The experienced defender has turned out to be a crucial signing for Nigel Adkins’ side. There are some question marks over whether Aston Villa will recall him in January and unfortunately there is a recall clause in his loan contract.
However, his contract at Villa Park expires in June meaning if he is not part of their new boss Dean Smith’s plans, Hull could purchase him in January for a transfer fee meaning Villa won’t lose him for nothing in the summer. This is an option if the Tigers get new owners at Christmas and have a bit of money to spend.
Alternatively, Hull could sign for free at the end of the campaign, assuming they can stay up in the Championship and Villa let his contract run down. They obviously didn’t rate him highly as they loaned him out when they only had two centre-halves in August.
Todd Kane (Chelsea)
The 24-year-old is likely to join the Tigers on a permanent deal at the end of the season. His future at Chelsea is in doubt with first-team chances very unlikely but he has found a home at the KCOM Stadium. Kane’s contract, like Elphick, expires in June meaning he can join Hull on a free transfer and most probably will if they stay up.
Kane’s versatility is important for Adkins as he can slot in anywhere. He can be used as a full-back on either flank, a winger and as a central midfielder.