Hull City’s failure to sign Derby County forward Jack Marriott in January could see the Tigers end up getting relegated come the end of the season.
According to the Hull Daily Mail, Hull City were keen on adding Marriott.
Marriott, who joined Derby from Peterborough United for around £5 million, played under current Hull boss Grant McCann while at League One side Posh.
At the time, Hull were looking up at the playoffs while Derby were struggling.
Fast forward two months and the league table tells a completely different story.
The Tigers have been in freefall. Selling both Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki stripped them of two 20-goal-a-season players and they haven’t been replaced.
Hull have taken just two points from 11 games. They’ve managed to score just nine goals, with four of those coming in a barmy 4-4 draw with Swansea City.
From the cusp of the playoffs, Grant McCann’s side are now 21st in the Championship table, two points above the drop zone having lost 5-1 and 4-0 in their last two games.
Marriott hasn’t been in prolific form for Derby this season. The 25-year-old has posted just two Championship goals in 28 appearances.
The striker, however, is a natural finisher who has struggled for game-time. With just ten league starts, Marriott has found it impossible to gain any consistency.
Marriott scored 27 goals in 44 games for Peterborough in 2017-18. He scored ten last year for Derby. The quality is certainly there.
A loan move to Hull in January could have benefited both parties. The Tigers, however, may now rue missing out as they face a real battle to avoid League One.