Peter Swan: Mclean and Proschwitz are impact players - Hull City must start with Simpson and Aluko
FAIR play to Steve Bruce, he came in straight after the loss at Middlesbrough and threw his hands up in the air to shoulder his part of the blame for City’s 2-0 loss, writes Hull Daily Mail columnist Peter Swan.
The City manager has insisted players who do well will get their rewards, and has been good to his word all season.
In Aaron Mclean and Nick Proschwitz, he had two players who had done all he had asked and were probably deserving of their starting place at the Riverside.
I wouldn’t say those players let their manager down on Tuesday night, but they probably convinced him they were not up to starting together to lead the Tigers’ strike force.
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Mclean is a player I have grown to like over time. He runs himself into the ground for the cause, is a player defenders will find hard to mark, and you always know what you are going to get from him.
Unfortunately, you know he is going to need six or seven chances to find the net, and on Tuesday he was guilty of missing a great chance when the ball rebounded to him off the post after Corry Evans’ shot. Those are the sort of chances which can make the difference between being in the play-offs and not at the end of the season.
Proschwitz, of course, showed his finishing quality at long last in the 2-1 victory over Ipswich at the KC Stadium last Saturday.
However, on Tuesday it was clear again that he needs to be much stronger and more physical if he is to be a constant threat in the Championship.
For me, and I am sure all fans agree, Bruce has to go back to Jay Simpson and Sone Aluko for Saturday’s televised trip to Bristol City.
And that means Mclean and Proschwitz will be back to coming off the bench to make an impact.
It is funny, but for some players, that can be their best role for a side.
Many people think managers only buy players because they think they will be part of their starting team.
However, some managers do go out to find players who can come off the bench and change the course of a game.
I was speaking to a scout at Huddersfield recently who told me he had been instructed to find such an ‘impact player’.
Mclean has done this on a number of occasions at City, and as a player, he is just the sort of man a defender does not want to see entering the fray in the final 20 minutes, when the legs are starting to feel tired.
Proschwitz also showed he can make an impact against Ipswich, but when either of them have been called upon to start, they have come up short.
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