Peter Swan: Two final pieces of Hull City jigsaw so vital to promotion hopes
THE January transfer window closes next week and the next few days are going to be a huge for Hull City.
How successful Steve Bruce can be in the marketplace might be the difference between automatic promotion and a place in the play-offs.
Having secured the services of Robbie Brady, David Meyler and David Stockdale, Bruce can already reflect on a pleasing month.
All three proved their worth during loan spells with the club and can look forward to playing a huge role in the run-in.
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If they're the only three we see arrive before next Thursday's deadline I'm sure Bruce will put on a brave face, but I'm sure he will be working tirelessly to strengthen.
Losing Ahmed Elmohamady back to Sunderland and Sone Aluko for eight weeks with an injury have left City thin on the right and up front.
Everything sounds positive for getting Elmohamady back for a second loan and if he can be joined by a striker like DJ Campbell then things would be looking great for the final three months of the season.
The owners have not been short of ambition ever since they appointed Bruce.
The Allams have recruited a high-profile manager and backed him financially. Their appetite to get into the Premier League should not be doubted.
If they can just find the funds for an extra player or two, that might be the final push we need to see.
The option for emergency loans will be there next month and that could be something Bruce can exploit if he can't get the bodies in he wants.
As I've heard Bruce say on countless occasions, you need a bit of luck to win promotion.
He's not had too much recently when losing Aluko and Elmohamady and a failure to bring in new faces will leave little room for further misfortune.
City's strongest XI is a match for any side in the Championship but the FA Cup has taught us options from the bench have not always been convincing.