Hull City ended their eventful and disappointing August on a bright note with a 1-1 draw away at Millwall.
Kamil Grosicki‘s stunning free-kick cancelled out Jed Wallace’s early penalty at The Den in a game where Grant McCann‘s side were forced to defend resiliently with only nine men on the pitch after running out of substitutions 15 minutes before Josh Magennis was sent off.
We have devised our own Hull City power rankings looking at the club’s top 10 players based on form, talent, worth and influence, which will be updated following every game this season.
Here is the current top 10 power ranking list following the draw away at Millwall.
10. Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (down two)
Lopes has made over 100 senior club appearances in League One during spells with Peterborough United and Wigan Athletic, despite his age.
Power ranking: 10th – Lost his starting place in the side at right-back and again, proved to be the dependable substitute after replacing the injured Matthew Pennington inside the opening 20 minutes. You’ll see the best of him when he actually gets a chance in midfield but he is more than holding his own when featuring at the back too.
9. George Honeyman (unchanged)
George Honeyman has been one of the summer arrivals to be among those that have established themselves as a key player under McCann.
Honeyman captained the Tigers on his full debut in a Carabao Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers in August.
Power ranking: 9th – Returned to the 11 for the draw at Millwall. With Dan Batty set to miss the next few games through injury, it is Honeyman’s place to lose in midfield, if he keeps himself fit.
8. Eric Lichaj (re-entry)
McCann named former Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj as his new club captain in the summer.
A very wise choice given his Championship experience, having also held a similar role with the Tricky Trees and America’s national side.
Power ranking: 8th – Returned to the side as a makeshift left-back during the draw at Millwall. Showed his quality throughout and why City’s skipper is needed at the back. The American was also forced to play as a centre-back when Jon Toral limped off in the second half.
7. George Long (unchanged)
City goalkeeper George Long has emerged from David Marshall’s shadow from last season to stake his claim in between the sticks for McCann so far.
Long has been given the nod ahead of summer signing Matt Ingram, although the limited Championship experience that the duo currently possess is a potential cause for concern.
Power ranking: 7th – Didn’t have an awful lot to deal with, but it would’ve have felt like a gruelling battle for him. Millwall bombarded him at every set-piece, but Long battled through it as he avoided conceding in open play for the first time this season.
6. Reece Burke (down one)
Former West Ham United defender Burke always looks assured at the back for the Tigers and has moulded himself into the club’s top central option since moving to the Championship.
Keeping him available will be of paramount importance to McCann, especially with the high-octane football currently at the KCOM that will rely on their back line to be as sturdy as possible.
Power ranking: 6th – Like Jordy De Wijs, Burke was excellent against the Lions. Forced off with a hamstring injury as a result of a horror challenge from Murray Wallace, an injury McCann will be praying is not a serious one.
5. Jordy de Wijs (up one)
De Wijs struggled at times to stay fully fit during his debut campaign in England and will be hoping to to change that in order to stay above summer signings Ryan Tafazolli and Matthew Pennington in the centre-back pecking order.
Power ranking: 5th – City’s best player for a second consecutive league game. Lasted the whole hog in a very gruelling and demanding clash. No recent signs of the mistake that he was prone to regularly making last season.
4. Jackson Irvine (unchanged)
Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine remains one of the club’s more dependable figures and is useful at both ends of the pitch.
City’s top goalscorer in pre-season and still the club’s vice-captain, Irvine will be key for McCann throughout the campaign, especially with Markus Henriksen heading for an exit.
Power ranking: 4th – His performance will go unnoticed, not a standout but certainly respectable. Irvine’s physicality in midfield came to regular use against one of the more demanding opponents they will face this season.
3. Kevin Stewart (unchanged)
The former Liverpool midfielder has started the season with three very bright performances in the opening month of the season.
His style suits the sitting role that McCann likes to have in his midfield, and it is a position he is cementing in the City side.
Power ranking: 3rd – Could have and certainly should have scored before half-time, what would have been his first goal in four years. Stewart put in another of his shifts we have seen so often this season, making four tackles, four clearances and four interceptions.
2. Kamil Grosicki (unchanged)
Being one of Poland’s most capped members in their current squad best summarises the quality of Kamil Grosicki.
Last season, his goals and assists were crucial, especially when Nigel Adkins turned around the Tigers’ fortunes over the festive period.
Power ranking: 2nd – Finally opened his account for the season with an absolute stunner of a free-kick, having been denied by the woodwork on three consecutive Championship matches before yesterday.
1. Jarrod Bowen (unchanged)
Jarrod Bowen’s inclusion in last year’s PFA Championship Team of the Year was a testament to his true quality.
It’s not every day that a winger has such a good goalscoring record that has seen him linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Power ranking: 1st – Made good runs but a quieter afternoon for him. Harshly booked for diving in the second half. Allowed an off day after Grosicki’s magical moment.
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