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The stats that prove just how important Bowen and Grosicki were to Hull City

31 July 2020 | Championship | Opinion
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The stats that prove just how important Bowen and Grosicki were to Hull City
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On New Year’s Day, Hull City claimed an impressive 1-0 away win against Sheffield Wednesday to put themselves within touching distance of the play-off places.

Fast forward seven months, and the Tigers are now preparing for life in League One after finishing bottom of the Championship.

So, where did it all go wrong?

Well, Hull’s season fell apart when star men Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki left the club during the winter transfer window.

Bowen left for the Premier League to join West Ham United in a £20m-plus deal, while Grosicki was signed by fellow Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

Before the duo’s departure, Hull won 39% of their league games, picking up 11 victories from their opening 28 games in 2019/20.

Bowen racked up a whopping 16 goals and six assists during that period, while Grosicki contributed a commendable seven goals and four assists.

However, the true importance of the pair was only truly realised when they were gone. Hull’s performances in the second half of the season went downhill rapidly.

The Tigers only managed to win one of their 17 league games following Bowen and Grosicki’s departure, drawing three and losing 13.

The team only took six points from a possible 51 after their key duo left and ended up finishing with a shocking –30 goal difference.

Bowen went on to help West Ham avoid relegation from the top flight, notching up one goal and four assists in 13 Premier League appearances.

Meanwhile, Grosicki earned promotion with West Brom, with his two goals and two assists helping the Baggies to finish second.

They say that football is a team game, but it’s fair to say that Hull were a two-man team during the first half of the 2019/20 season.

Of course, Hull cannot blame their relegation entirely on the fact that they lost their two most influential players midway through the campaign.

But it goes without saying that Hull would have almost certainly avoided the drop if Bowen and Grosicki had stayed with the club.

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England Championship - predictions, tips, statistics
Championship Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Leeds United 93 46 28 9 9 77 35 42
2. West Bromwich 83 46 22 17 7 77 45 32
3. Brentford 81 46 24 9 13 80 38 42
4. Fulham 81 46 23 12 11 64 48 16
5. Cardiff City 73 46 19 16 11 68 58 10
6. Swansea City 70 46 18 16 12 62 53 9
7. Nottingham Forest 70 46 18 16 12 58 50 8
8. Millwall 68 46 17 17 12 57 51 6
9. Preston North End 66 46 18 12 16 59 54 5
10. Derby County 64 46 17 13 16 62 64 -2
11. Blackburn Rovers 63 46 17 12 17 66 63 3
12. Bristol City 63 46 17 12 17 60 65 -5
13. QPR 58 46 16 10 20 67 76 -9
14. Reading 56 46 15 11 20 59 58 1
15. Stoke City 56 46 16 8 22 62 68 -6
16. Sheffield Wednesday 56 46 15 11 20 58 66 -8
17. Middlesbrough 53 46 13 14 19 48 61 -13
18. Huddersfield 51 46 13 12 21 52 70 -18
19. Luton Town 51 46 14 9 23 54 82 -28
20. Birmingham City 50 46 12 14 20 54 75 -21
21. Barnsley 49 46 12 13 21 49 69 -20
22. Charlton Athletic 48 46 12 12 22 50 65 -15
23. Wigan Athletic 47 46 15 14 17 57 56 1
24. Hull City 45 46 12 9 25 57 87 -30

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