Hull City target Paul Coutts has class to be a Premier League player
MIDFIELDER Paul Coutts is a Premier League player in the making if Hull City can prise him away from Preston.
That’s the verdict of former Hull City boss Phil Brown, who managed the tough tackler in his time at Deepdale.
The 23-year-old is high on Steve Bruce’s summer hit list at the Tigers, with a fee of around £400,000 believed to be the asking price.
And Brown, who managed at the League One side for 11 months before his dismissal in December, believes he could be a bargain.
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“Paul is a cracking player and at the moment he’s playing in a level that’s beneath him,” he told the Mail.
“The Championship is certainly not beyond him and I think he could go even further.
“He plays in central midfield but can also go right or left as well and he would bring bags of energy to any side.
“It’s a no-brainer for me and he would be a great acquisition for Hull City.”
A former Scotland under-21 international, Coutts has earned a reputation as a no-nonsense enforcer because of on-field disciplinary problems in the past.
But Brown can’t envisage any problem with him fitting into Bruce’s future plans at the KC Stadium.
“The disciplinary aspect is no problem at all,” he added.
“He’s a lad who had a point to prove after he came down from Scotland and I saw no problem in the way he played the game.
“He’s got that confidence and belief that you need and I’m sure Steve Bruce would get the best out of him in the Championship.
“The lad has a great career ahead of him and I was very impressed with him when I was at Preston. I think Paul has all the attributes of a Premier League player of the future.”
• CITY will play Norwich in a friendly at the KC Stadium on August 7 (7.45pm).