After confirming the signing of Nikica Jelavic for a record signing of £6.5 million from Everton, Hull are at it again with West Brom's Shane Long.
Hull have reportedly had a £7 million bid for 26 year old striker Shane Long accepted. Having only started 11 of West Brom's 21 games, Long as been out of favor for the majority of this season with West Brom. Given that he has only 18 months on his contract (meaning this time next year Long is available for a bosman) and his deteriorating status at West Brom, it is no surprise West Brom found Hull's £7 million bid too tempting to resist.
A more damning statistic is that they have failed to score in 10 of their 21 Premier League matches and their top goalscorer is Robbie Brady with 3 goals; the highest scoring striker - Yannick Sagbo - has only scored 2.
Quite clearly they are desperate for a striker who can score and Shane Long fits that bill. He may have only scored 8 goals in two league campaigns for West Brom, however he is quite clinical in front of goal. This season he has scored 3 goals from only 1.7 shots and this is something that has defined his career so far. According to WhoScored, Shane Long's 19 West Brom Premier League goals have been scored from 1.4 shots per game - clinical.
In Hull, Long is likely to get more chances to score a goal and this represents his best chance to score 10+ goals. This is not because Hull create many chances, far from it, Hull are actually more un-creative than West Brom, their average of 11 shots per game is among the lowest in the league.
My inference for this comes from the fact Hull pack their midfield with several players, therefore their two strikers are often left waiting for chances to fall to their feet instead of running around doing donkey work. As Long as proven himself to be clinical, there is every chance Steve Bruce has made an astute signing.