Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has shed light on the challenges faced by players transitioning from foreign leagues to the Championship, as the club prepares to bid farewell to one of last year’s signings.
Talks are underway regarding the potential departure of striker Benjamin Tetteh, who joined on a free transfer last July, hinting that his time with the Tigers might be at an end.
With Tetteh’s potential exit, another player from last season’s recruitment will be bidding adieu, as Rosenior asserts his authority over the squad he took charge of in November, following the departure of Shota Arveladze.
Rosenior’s emphasis on fitness levels has been evident, as several players, including Tetteh, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Adama Traore, and Dogukan Sinik, have struggled with game time.
Presently, Iranian winger Sayyadmanesh is sidelined due to an injury, while Colombian forward Oscar Estupinan is nursing an ankle problem.
The return of Adama Traore during the latter stages of the previous season has been overshadowed by a calf problem, limiting his involvement in this pre-season. Similarly, Sinik is not yet ready for a first-team return.
At Hull City’s training ground, the concept of robustness has become a central theme under Rosenior’s guidance.
The manager has made it a crucial focus during this summer’s recruitment drive, aiming to address the issues that led to players missing over 200 games due to injuries in the previous term.
“It’s really difficult when players come from abroad to understand the Championship, not just England, but the Championship and what you physically need to be successful in it,” the City boss tells Hull Live.
“If I look at Benji and Oscar when they came in, they weren’t in top condition, Ozan wasn’t in top condition when he came in. A lot of the players didn’t understand the physical loads that you need to be successful in the Championship.”
“It’s a process,” he continued. “For the last six months, we’ve trained in a different way, the players now understand the demands I expect from them in terms of their fitness and I think it’s shown in the friendlies.
“If you look at the way Oscar and Benji are moving, they look like athletes now whereas when I first worked with them, there was work to do in terms of that.
“To do that, you need to be physically fit. Bringing Liam in, I think will help with that competition in that front area. Liam has shown some really good signs in training and in games.
“I want pace in the team, I want us to be more dynamic, I want us to be more offensive this year and to do that, you need to have pace in your front areas, and that’s something Oscar has definitely improved.”