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Blues eye Hull's Maguire

| Thursday, 30 March 2017  37 Comments  [Jump to last]
Hull City defender Harry Maguire has reportedly been added to Ronald Koeman's shopping list as he considers central defensive reinforcements this summer.

With club captain Phil Jagielka turning 35 this year, Mason Holgate still maturing and Ramiro Funes Mori still not fully convincing the manager that he is a long-term option, Koeman is expected to delve into the market in the close season for at least another centre half.

Burnley's Michael Keane is believed to be high on his list while the Liverpool Echo claim that Maguire's recent performances, including two very good displays against the Blues in the last three-and-a-half months, have vaulted him into the Dutchman's thinking.

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Sam Hoare
1 Posted 30/03/2017 at 07:07:41
Would prefer Keane but think Maguire has looked good since coming into Hull team. Imagine Keanes England caps have added another £10m to his value. To be honest I think we could use two CBs unless Koeman is prepared to give one of our youngsters a chance. None of Williams, Jagielka and Funes Mori fill me with confidence as mainstays in a team with top 4 ambitions.
Vijay Nair
2 Posted 30/03/2017 at 07:28:44
Would love to see us picking up both Keane and Maguire.

I don't see Jags staying for much longer tbh. And Funes Mori is sadly too inconsistent so I would get rid as well.

Williams would be useful to keep around for his experience, to mentor the youngsters.

John G Davies
3 Posted 30/03/2017 at 07:43:18
Good defender. Can play as well, likes to step into midfield with the ball.
I mentioned him 3 or 4 months ago, some negative feedback though. Posts that he had the turning circle of the Royal Iris.

He's not Ratcliffe but he's not slow.

Paul Baker
4 Posted 30/03/2017 at 10:14:06
Come on. He has some physique, but that's it. Can't think of any pros apart from that. He's slow and prone to an error. Keane would be so much better – terrific in the air, significantly faster than Maguire and very underrated on the ball.

Of course, the dream has to be Van Dijk... but that's probably all it is – a dream.

Mark Morrissey
5 Posted 30/03/2017 at 11:29:43
Yes, yes, all day long. Paul, he's been the difference for Hull, the only real difference. He is quality. Try and catch him on Match of the Day, Sky and you'll see. He's quality.
Chris Gould
6 Posted 30/03/2017 at 12:21:16
He isn't slow, that's a common accusation thrown at him because of his size. He is an excellent player and very confident with the ball at his feet.
Paul Baker
7 Posted 30/03/2017 at 12:21:43
Mark @4,

Well, personally I don't see any gap in performance between him, Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson. It's a fact that Hull's defence has conceded exactly 2 goals per game this season though (58 in total, second worst record in the Premier League), so the responsibility has to be shared between all three, Maguire included.

Chris Gould
8 Posted 30/03/2017 at 12:51:46
Paul, that's way too simplistic for me.

Aston Villa were absolute rubbish last season. Their midfield was overrun every week. Gueye was part of that midfield, and it hasn't stopped him from shining with better players next to him.

Kevin Rowlands
9 Posted 30/03/2017 at 13:27:53
It's a yes from me; every time I've seen them play this season he has stood out... maybe part of a Niasse swap deal?
Eddie Dunn
10 Posted 30/03/2017 at 13:37:22
Maguire has impressed me every time I've seen Hull on the box. He is a big, strong lad and has a liking for getting upfield to have a pop at goal. Get him in. He reminds me of Mick Lyons.
James Stewart
11 Posted 30/03/2017 at 13:41:10
Keane and Maguire would be welcome additions. Both good young defenders in poor sides. I've been impressed by both whenever I've seen Burnley and Hull.
Alan J Thompson
12 Posted 30/03/2017 at 14:55:32
I would prefer that we gave a chance to Holgate, Browning, Pennington and Galloway at some stage as I don't think any of them looked completely lost on the occasions of first team duty. Keane may be an improvement overall but we won't get to know about two of the four as they are on loan until the season's end.
Geoff Williams
13 Posted 30/03/2017 at 14:57:09
Maguire is the sort of centre back many on this site thought they were getting when we signed Williams.

We are desperate for a big centre half who is good in the air. Maybe not my first choice but he would be an improvement on the current centre backs.

Gerry Morrison
14 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:20:50
I thought he played really well against us a couple of weeks ago.
Paul Baker
15 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:34:59
Speaking of being good in the air: only two centre-backs to play 10+ games this season have won more aerial duels per 90 minutes than Keane (4.2). Those two are Otamendi (4.5) and van Dijk (4.8). Just for comparison: while Jags clocks up a respectable 3.6 won headers per 90 minutes, Funes Mori and Williams are a bit behind with 2.8 and 2.4, respectively.
Gregory Phillips
16 Posted 30/03/2017 at 19:33:19
He marked Lukaku perfectly until the final few minutes a few weeks ago. He would be a great signing.
Geoff Brown
17 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:28:43
Alan (#12) Agreed – give the younger players a run.
Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 30/03/2017 at 23:07:38
Ideally go for Van Dijk plus Keane. That would be a statement for the defence and perhaps would show the club under Koeman is no longer in it to make up the numbers. Hope eternal with EFC. 👍
Brian Wilkinson
19 Posted 31/03/2017 at 01:05:49
Be careful mentioning Keane, quite a few posters are not impressed with signing Man Utd rejects and not good enough for Man Utd so not good enough for Everton.

Personally, I would sign them both, I have no issues with players not wanted by Man Utd.

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 31/03/2017 at 11:39:35
Paul (#15); Did any of those statistics show if any of those players were targeted by opposition crosses?
John Raftery
21 Posted 31/03/2017 at 11:41:49
He certainly impressed in both matches against us, especially in the first one at Hull. I am not sure if he has quite enough defensively for a top four team but I can see him doing well alongside an experienced partner such as Williams.
Aidy Dews
22 Posted 31/03/2017 at 20:05:37
Are people really writing Maguire off because he plays for Hull and they concede a lot of goals? That's not solely down to him now is it, but look at Jagielka! He was in a shit Sheffield Utd team that conceded goals yet we took him and he has been a great defender for us!

In general, Maguire as done well and this season as been a break out one for him, and he'll be an even better player in the years to come for this seasons experience! Michael Keane is exactly the same, he's another that as come of age this season with Burnley and proved himself to be a very able centre-back in the premier league and done well for England also.

I think we all need to get real about Van Dijk now. Great player and we would all love him at us but unless we qualify for the Champions League then we've no chance of signing him! Too many of the top clubs want him now.

So one of or both Maguire or/and Keane would be good signings for us, imo. But of late we've been linked to de Vrij of Lazio and he is class! And Koeman brought him through at Feyenoord so knows him very well and I'd love us to be all over that. He would be a quality signing!

Soren Moyer
23 Posted 01/04/2017 at 02:13:54
Van Dijk and/ or Keane all day long.
Mike Berry
24 Posted 01/04/2017 at 08:40:36
Keane and Maguire together and let them develop into something special; however, there will be a real scrap for the former.
Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 01/04/2017 at 16:38:39
Paul #15, good stats. That's for all aerial duels however. More important to me is headed clearances in the box. #1 in the EPL for that... and in fact #1 in Europe... is Steve Cook of Bournemouth. He's also 4th in the EPL in blocks.
Purely for defense he's much superior to Maguire, who marks well but tackles poorly and fouls around the edge of the box too often for me.

Don't get me wrong, I love Maguire's speed and swashbuckling attacking style, but first consideration for a CB is quality of defending, not attacking.

Paul Graney
26 Posted 01/04/2017 at 21:28:56
If we want to get to the next level, we shouldn't be entertaining the likes of Harry Maguire – simply not good enough.
Clive Rogers
27 Posted 02/04/2017 at 09:21:54
I watched him closely in the recent Hull game but I wasn't impressed.
Grant Rorrison
28 Posted 02/04/2017 at 09:43:20
Don't know about Maguire but we need a whole new defence in the summer with Coleman out for the foreseeable future and Jags out of contract, and Williams being a bit shit and Baines not going to last forever.

Throw in two top quality, creative, attacking players in place of Mirallas, who should be sold and Barkley, likewise. All we'd need then is a striker (two if Lukaku leaves) and a GK and we'd be sorted.

Ray Smith
29 Posted 02/04/2017 at 22:19:45
Not defending Rom, but are Maguire (Hull), Johnson (Forest) and Rooney (Man Utd) targets to take us from the best of the rest to the top 6? I don't think so!

Rom did himself no favours yesterday. I'm happy if he stays. Ross had a bad day, I'm prepared to overlook that, Mirallas should have started.

7th is not guaranteed, West Brom on a run could upset the apple cart! Hopefully not. But 7th is all we can hope for.

Julian Wait
30 Posted 03/04/2017 at 03:19:20
I went to Chelsea vs Hull in January and Maguire was very good for Hull. Not sure he's top 4 material, whereas Keane seems to be for sure, but Maguire is an upgrade on a 35-year-old Jags, a 33-year-old Williams, and Funes Mori.
Will Firstbrook
31 Posted 03/04/2017 at 18:47:32
The market for Keane is going to skyrocket when the transfer window opens again with several of the "big" clubs in desperate need of a competent centre-back. As others have noted, Van Dijk is most likely out of our reach as he appears focused on Champions League opportunities.
Darren Hind
32 Posted 03/04/2017 at 19:38:57
Not slow once he's into his stride, but they don't call him The Egremont for nothing...
Peter Laing
33 Posted 03/04/2017 at 19:46:33
Definitely 2 centre halves and a keeper needed. I feel we should take a hit on Williams and off-load after just one season; Funes Mori is error prone and unconvincing so he would also be surplus to requirements. Van Dijk would be the dream ticket but there is stiff competition from other would-be suitors.
Nigel Munford
34 Posted 05/04/2017 at 21:24:20
I see this man and Niasse on the score sheet for Hull tonight!
Terence Tyler
35 Posted 05/04/2017 at 22:08:24
Ron, I suspect, will go back in for Kone from Sunderland.
Colin Williams
36 Posted 05/04/2017 at 23:46:47
Maguire, this lad's a top talent.
Don Alexander
37 Posted 07/04/2017 at 22:05:18
Eddie Dunn (#10), I've not seen much of Maguire but if he's got anything at all like Mick Lyons' attitude he'll more than do for me.

As a life-long blue Mick showed 100% commitment every time he played through 13 seasons. He was totally fearless and, way more than competent, led by example at the heart of an ever-changing team under four managers.

Just why the Mk 2 Dave Watson was so regularly selected for England at centre-back during Mick's career was a mystery to me. Shades of Mullery/Kendall perhaps.

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