Arsenal have again been linked to Hull City left back Andy Robertson, reports claims that the Scottish international could be on his way out of the KC Stadium in January because he has attracted interest from a host of leading clubs in the Premier League. The 20 year old was only signed this summer from across the border in Scotland from Dundee United for a fee of £2.85 million. Arsene Wenger is thought to have been impressed by the young full back’s start to life in the Premier League despite making just eight appearances for the Tigers since he joined over the summer.
Hull City manager, Steve Bruce has confirmed that there is indeed interest from other clubs in the player’s services.
“There has already been one or two with phone calls asking ‘to keep me informed’. That’s always the first stage.
“I had it with Palacios when I was at Wigan and then Valencia when he went off to Man United. And if this kid keeps performing the way he is then it might become inevitable.”
It is not the first time he has been linked to Arsenal. And he is also not the first left back that has been linked to the club in last few months since the summer transfer window shut, Tyrone Mings of Ipswich Town is another left back that has been linked to the club. The continuous link of full backs to the club is in stark contrast to the needs of the team at the moment. The Arsenal squad is not short of left full backs, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are left full backs, even though the latter has played in central defence for over a month now. What the team has lacked since the injuries kicked in is a commanding centre half that would have stood in for the injured Laurent Koscielny. That has been conspicuous by its absence.
It then begs the question of why does the club continue to be linked with left full backs? Arsene Wenger has a history of converting players from their natural position to a position he feels their attributes are suited to. He converted Lauren Mayer from a midfielder to right back, and did same with Kolo Toure, when he converted him from an attacking midfielder to a central defender. And there are many others. So it would not come as a surprise if Nacho Monreal is left as a central defender, while another left back is signed to stand as understudy to Kieran Gibbs.
However, such an outcome would not improve the squad especially in central defence, as it would be yet another square peg in a round role. The team needs players that their positions are natural to them and not one who would learn how to play in a position by being suddenly thrust into the deep end which would weaken the team.
Andy Robertson has not spent half a season with Hull City, and yet he could leave the KC Stadium in January, he is expected to be available for a fee of around £12 million.