Former Southampton manager and favourite Nigel Adkins has revealed that he’s continued to keep a close eye on Academy graduate Sam Gallagher with reports at the weekend suggesting the now Hull City gaffer could return in the hope of getting the lad on a loan spell in the January transfer window.
Gallagher has proven himself at the Championship level having enjoyed good loan spells out with MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers and most recently Birmingham City last season, but he does only have one appearance to his name in 2018/19 for us – the EFL Cup victory over Brighton and Hove Albion back in August.
Hull are in need of reinforcements, and somebody up top, so it’s not a stretch to see Gallagher linked with Adkins given the history here, and it could well be a good spell for him again where he’ll be looking to improve on his seven goals at St Andrew’s in 2017/18.
The Hull Daily Mail quote him as recently saying.
“We’re going to get linked with a lot of players. I was the manager at Southampton when Sam was a young lad coming through so I was aware of him then and I’ve tracked his career, as I have done with a lot of players. He’s a talented footballer. We’re looking to bring another striker in, we’ve talked about that, so let’s see what materialises. I’m not saying we’ve made any enquiries at all.”
I can fully believe the final line, but Adkins in the interview does admit he’s already missed out on some options and we know he’d take care of Gallagher so given the changes since his departure, it might be a ‘working relationship’ we could use to our advantage moving forward – especially with new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl interested in the youth once again.