Hull City have had a poor start to the 2021/22 EFL Championship season, as they have obtained only five points from their first eight games, and are currently second-last in the Championship standings. Their only league victory came on the opening day of the season when they picked a 4-1 win away at Preston. Since then, they’ve suffered five defeats in the last seven games, getting just two points. Their most recent defeat was against Sheffield United who beat them 3-1 at the MKM Stadium. The Tigers finally scored a goal, after they had been goalless for the last six games, since the opening day of the season.
Grant McCann’s Hull City have the second-least xG creation in the entire division, with an accumulated xG of just 5.53 in the opening eight games. They have even managed to underachieve this low xG, with the lowest number of goals scored in the league so far with just five. Barnsley have the lowest xG of 5.24 but have at least over achieved it by scoring six goals.
The above viz shows that Hull City have the sixth-highest number of shots taken from outside the box so far the season, with 41 shots in eight games, meaning more than five shots every 90 minutes. They have had a total of 22 shots on target, out of which nine were from inside the box and 13 from outside. This is a contributing factor to their low xG, as most of their shots have been from long range.
Here, one can notice that the Tigers have the joint-least number of shots taken from inside the penalty area. This shows that they have had difficulties going forward because of the lack of creativity around the opposition box. They have had fewer penetrations into the opposition box, thus fewer shots, leading to a very low xG and the least number of goals with just five.
Another major problem with McCann’s man is that they have been poor with the set pieces as well. Other teams who struggle to directly attack and have many shots in the game tend to make most of the set-piece opportunities they get. The Tigers have not been able to do so, and have had just five shots from corners in eight championship games.
The problem for Hull City does not only lay in the attacking areas only. Though their defence hasn’t been the worst in the division, but they have still conceded 12 goals in eight games, with just one victory. They were able to keep two clean sheets in the two goalless draws against Bournemouth and Swansea. They also have the least number of clearances in the entire division and have also won the second-least number of aerial duels. They have been unable to clear the ball directly from their defensive areas and have tried to pass and play their way out, which has sometimes cost them.
As mentioned above, The Tigers have been trying to pass their way out from the back on most occasions. The only positive so far for them has been their passing, as they have accumulated the ninth most passes in the league. They have been decent with their passing and after gaining promotion last season, the fans have had high hopes from manager Grant McCann. Maybe, the team and manager need a bit more time to adjust to the Championship, before they can show what they are actually made of.