Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky could be set to offer debuts to a handful of new boys as the Tigers head to Pride Park to take on Derby County on Friday night.

The former Premier League side currently sit fifth in the Championship table, level on points with their upcoming opponents, after five games and enjoyed a busy transfer window over the summer – in which the Yorkshire side brought in 12 new faces.

It is thought that three of those - Jackson Irvine, Nouha Dicko and Fikayo Tomori, could be set for their first start since joining the KCOM Stadium last month, with Stephen Kingsley and Jon Toral also pushing for their first appearances for the club.

However, it may be difficult for Slutsky to factor all of his recent recruits into Friday night’s starting XI, considering all of those who spent the last two weeks on international duty returned unscathed and the Russian manager is still yet to see Irvine play.

“We have been researching each player while they have been away and have all of the details about what they have been doing and information about the matches they have played in”, the 46-year-old told the club’s official website.

“All of that information has been positive. Jackson Irvine was the only one I hadn’t seen before today and of course that is difficult because we play tomorrow and he will only have one training session with us.

“However, we know he is at a good level and has a chance of playing against Derby County.”

Hull will also be boosted with the return of Markus Henriksen, who is available for selection again after recovering from a foot injury, although late decisions will be made on the fitness of Fraizer Campbell (groin), Evandro (hamstring) and Ondrej Mazuch (knee).

The Tigers will go into their clash against Derby with confidence from the past, knowing that they have only lost once at Pride Park in their last five meetings, with the latest victory coming in the 2015/16 play-offs where they ran out 3-0 winners.

However, the Yorkshire side were beaten twice during their last Championship campaign by the Rams, having not lost three consecutive fixtures against the midlands club since August 1924, and have not won away in their last 20 encounters – since the opening day of the 2016/17 term, securing a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.

Whether Hull will be able to break their travelling hoodoo remains to be seen, however with a large number of positive new additions into the club and a strong record on the ground, County could well be the ones who fall short on this occasion.


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